The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has made a U-turn after tweeting hours earlier about his intention to buy Manchester United Football Club.
Musk said that he was joking when he tweeted earlier that he was going to buy the English football club. He added that he is not buying any sports team.
“No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams. Although, if it were any team, it would be Man U. They were my fav (sic) team as a kid,” Musk posted when asked by a Twitter user if he was serious about buying the club.
Musk had earlier tweeted,
“I’m buying Manchester United ur (sic) welcome,” without offering any details.
However, some unhappy Manchester United fans, disgruntled by their club’s declining fortunes recently, had previously urged Musk on Twitter to consider buying the club.
The tweet turnaround comes as Musk seeks to exit a $44 billion agreement to buy Twitter only four months after announcing on the platform he would buy the social media company, which has taken him to court.
Musk has a history of being unconventional and posting irreverent tweets, making it difficult sometimes to tell when he is joking, Reuters reports.
“Next I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in,” he tweeted on April 27, two days after Twitter’s board accepted his unsolicited offer to buy the company.
Referring back to that post, on Wednesday he tweeted: “And I’m not buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in, despite the extreme popularity of such a move.”