Elon Musk has announced that he is buying the British football franchise Manchester United Plc. The Tesla CEO said in a series of tweets that he supported both the Democratic and Republican parties’ left and right wing. Musk is a regular Twitter user who has a history of making jokes about and mocking the media. He receives a lot of attention from the media.
Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
Musk was replying to his tweet that said, “To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!”
On the day he was scheduled to attend a fundraiser for prominent US House of Representatives Republican Kevin McCarthy, Musk sent the same message on Twitter.
Musk frequently speaks on politics; earlier this summer, he said that Trump was too old to run for office again and that he was leaning toward endorsing Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis as the country’s next leader in 2024. But this time, he’s favouring athletics.
Manchester United, one of the football teams with the most devoted following globally, has won the European Cup—the highest club competition in soccer—three times and won the English championship 20 times in total.
An inquiry for comment was sent to the team’s American owners, the Glazer family, who did not immediately answer. The football team’s market worth was $2.08 billion (Rs 16,474 crore) as of August 16’s stock market close.
Manchester United fans have recently protested against the Glazers, who bought the team for 790 million pounds (about Rs 7,581 crore) in 2005, due to the team’s struggles on the pitch. The anti-Glazer movement gained momentum after United took part in a failed bid to create a separate European Super League last year.
Some fans have urged Musk to buy Manchester United instead of Twitter. For attempting to back out of a $44 billion contract to purchase the social networking company, Musk is suing the court.
It’s unclear at this point whether the richest man in the world was merely having fun or was taking the purchase seriously.