Is Elon Musk Buying Manchester United? Tesla CEO Sets the Record Straight

Elon Musk is making headlines again, but this time it's not over his on-off pursuit of Twitter, or attempting to persuade Grimes not to get plastic surgery.

Instead the billionaire businessman has been rumored to be looking to buy Manchester United soccer team.

The Tesla CEO announced via Twitter that he wanted to buy the English team.

This caused quite a stir, with plenty of people getting angry and upset at the news.

Is Elon Musk Buying Manchester United?

Musk, the world's richest person, told his 103 million followers on Twitter on Tuesday that he was purchasing the soccer team. You can see his tweet below:

His first tweet was "To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!" And then, in reply to this he said "Also, I'm buying Manchester United ur welcome".

People instantly replied to this, with the official account for Tesla Owners Silicon Valley replying "Are you serious"?

To which, Musk then tweeted "No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I'm not buying any sports teams." You can also see this below:

So it would seem that the billionaire is joking, although one user was quick to point out that he has previously said a similar thing about Twitter, which he tried to buy for $44 billion this year before pulling out of the deal.

The user replied to his tweet saying "That's what you said about Twitter." Musk went on to say that if he ever were to buy a sports team, it would be Manchester United as "They were my fav team as a kid".

Who Owns Manchester United?

Manchester United, with star player Cristiano Ronaldo, has won the English league title a record 20 times and three European Cups, but is struggling at the start of the new English soccer season, having lost both opening games.

The football club is one of the biggest in the world, and is owned by the U.S.-based Glazer family, specifically the six children of the late former owner Malcolm Glazer: Avram, Joel, Kevin, Bryan, Darcie and Edward Glazer.

According to goal.com: "Malcolm Glazer took hold of a majority stake in the club in 2005 through investment company Red Football Ltd. When he died in May 2014 after a long illness following a stroke, the 90 per cent controlling stake he owned was split equally between the six Glazer children."

"Joel and Avram had been in charge of the day-to-day running of the club since their father's stroke in April 2006. The pair are now co-chairmen with Kevin, Bryan, Darcie and Edward holding positions as directors. In March 2021, Avram Glazer put £70 million ($97million) worth of his shares up for sale."

Based on its stock market valuation, it would cost Musk at least £2 billion ($2.4 billion) to buy Manchester United.

Elon Musk and Manchester United Football club
In this combination image, Cristiano Ronaldo (Main mage) of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their side's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and Atalanta and Elon Musk (Inset). Getty