World richest man Elon Musk has denied reports that he plans to buy Manchester United from its owners, the Glazer family.
Musk who has a habit of posting provocative statements on Twitter for fun wrote on Tuesday that he plans to buy Manchester United.
When asked on the platform if he was serious about owning Manchester United, Musk said his tweet was a ‘long-running joke’
“No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams,” Musk replied, after his original tweet garnered nearly 500,000 “likes” in a matter of hours.
“Although, if it were any team, it would be Man U. They were my fav team as a kid.”
Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in world football but suffering a prolonged slump, are owned by the Glazer family. They have been targeted by angry fans.
There was no immediate reaction from United or its owners to Musk’s tweets.
Shares of the team listed on the New York Stock Exchange are down year to date, but ended Tuesday flat, with a market capitalization of $2.1 billion.
Despite calling it a joke, Musk’s tweet could land him in trouble with US regulators.
The Glazers are the focus of fan fury after the team’s dramatic fall from grace.