Elon Musk says he is buying Manchester United

By Thomson Reuters Aug 16, 2022 | 7:17 PM

(Reuters) -Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Tuesday he was buying football club Manchester United Plc.

“I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” Musk said in a tweet.

Musk has a history of making irreverent tweets, and it was not immediately clear whether he planned to pursue a deal.

Manchester United, controlled by the American Glazer family, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The football club had a market capitalization of $2.08 billion, as of Tuesday’s close.

Manchester United fans have in recent years protested against the Glazers, who bought the club for 790 million pounds ($955.51 million) in 2005, due to the team’s struggles on the pitch.

The anti-Glazer movement gained momentum last year after United were involved in a failed attempt to form a breakaway European Super League.

($1 = 0.8268 pounds)

(Reporting by Juby Babu in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)