Manchester United fans are more disillusioned than ever, but Elon Musk offered them a glimmer of hope last night.
Taking to Twitter, Musk casually announced: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United you’re welcome.”
United have made their worst start to a season since 1972, being beaten by ‘average’ opposition in their opening two games, sparking yet more protests against their American ownership.
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Being the Tesla CEO and currently the world’s richest man, Musk certainly has the bank balance to pull off such a deal for a club believed to be worth around £7billion.
However, as fans rushed to ask, and hope, the news was true, Musk clarified he was just ‘joking’.
He said in a follow-up tweet: “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.”
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That of course didn’t stop the original tweet from going viral as United fans dared to dream that it could eventually happen.
One person replied to Musk: “You have absolutely no idea the sheer amount of hope you just have to a million fans worldwide. Please do buy us though.”
Another said: “Announcing your interest before you’ve actually signed anything, he already gets the club.”
“A free test subject with head the size of a microwave for you to send into space comes with the club pal. Get it done. Hope this helps,” wrote a third.
United have been owned by the Glazer family – who also own NFL team Tampa Bay Buccanneers – for 17 years, and they have been consistently lambasted by fans due to the debt, dividends and mismanagement that has followed their ‘controversial’ takeover.
United, who have won the league title a record 20 times, have not won a Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge in 2012-13.
They currently sit rock bottom of a table they’ve been so used to topping, after losing 2-1 to Brighton and 4-0 to Brentford this month.
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