Elon Musk has cruelly retracted claims he is going to buy Manchester United – clarifying he does not intend to buy any sports teams. The 51-year-old, who is now worth an estimated £209.7 billion as of August 2022, had teased supporters that he was considering a shock swoop to buy the Red Devils from the Glazer family.
Fans begged Musk to buy their club back in April on Twitter after the world’s richest figure struck a lucrative £35bn deal to buy the app.
At the time, Musk had declared Coca-Cola was next on his list as he continued to play games on his social media channels.
In the early hours of the morning (BST) on Wednesday, Musk rocked United’s fanbase by stating he was going to buy the club.
He tweeted: “To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!”
Before adding: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome.”
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Coincidentally, Musk’s comments come at a time when interest in a potential change of ownership at Manchester United is extremely high.
The Red Devils were handed a 4-0 drubbing by Brentford last weekend and their dismal start to the season – which has seen them concede six goals in two matches – has only intensified the heat on the Glazers.
Football agent Jon Smith is adamant the club will be sold within the next two years due to the vast interest in buying United.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Transfer Social, Smith said: “Manchester United, I believe, will be sold within the next 24 months. There are people circling.
“The fact of the matter is that there are six siblings who are currently in the ownership, that’s a big number to get everyone to walk out in a straight line together, so it may or may not [happen].
“I just get the feeling from the people over there that it they get a sentiment that it may be an option.
“Here’s another addendum to that. Who knows what the Chelsea takeover cost, £2billion a change? A lot of the £3billion to £4billion was loan paybacks and various other things that were bolted on, but it was probably £2.5billion, heading towards £3billion, which kind of rerates Arsenal and Liverpool and the others.
“On a global income basis, nothing touches Manchester United, they’re in a league of their own.”