The owner of the automaker Tesla and the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has denied this Tuesday that he is going to buy Manchester United, after publishing a tweet in which he assured that he would acquire the giant of English football. “This is an old joke. I am not going to buy any sports equipment,” the billionaire has assured in his personal account on the social network, with which he has a legal complaint after refusing to consolidate an acquisition agreement for the value of 44,000 million dollars.
Musk caused confusion among users of the social network once again After an extensive comment thread on the social network Twitter, where as usual he made controversial comments, the tycoon ironized: “I’m also going to buy Manchester United, you’re welcome.” something that users of the social network took for granted. In fact, it received more than half a million likes and was shared more than 90,000 times, becoming a trend. In this context, heManchester United shares rose 17% in pre-open trading on Wall Street, though after the clarification they quickly cut their gains to 4.15%.
And I’m not buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in, despite the extreme popularity of such a move
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
After receiving millions of comments questioning his comment, including those of millions of Manchester United fans and Tesla users, Musk clarified that it was all a joke: “Nor I am going to buy Coca-Cola to put cocaine back among the ingredients, despite the extreme popularity of this measure,” the billionaire joked after the controversy.
Elon Musk remains one of the most influential people on the social network despite having an ongoing legal battle against the company. The tycoon presented an offer to the Stock Exchange to acquire Twitter in April of this year. After the companies agreed to go ahead with a takeover deal, Musk said he was ending his acquisition and accused Twitter of presenting false figures, including in its SEC filings, regarding the number of monetizable daily active users and number of spam accounts and bots in the social network.
Twitter then sued Musk in Delaware Chancery court to ensure the deal went through as promised, and Musk filed a countersuit there on July 29. And, unless they reach an agreement sooner, Twitter and Musk are headed for a five-day trial in Delaware that is scheduled to begin on October 17.