"No, this is a continuing Twitter joke. When a commenter questioned whether Musk was serious about purchasing the struggling English soccer titans, Musk said, "I'm not buying any sports clubs.
The richest man in the world, Elon Musk, claimed early on Wednesday that he had made up his plan to purchase troubled Manchester United in an earlier tweet.
"No, this is a continuing Twitter joke. When a user questioned whether Musk was serious about buying the team, Musk responded, "I'm not buying any sports teams." He continued, "However, if it were any team, it would be Man U. They were my favorite team when I was a youngster."
Musk's initial tweet, which contained no further information, read: "I'm buying Manchester United ur welcome." Disgruntled by their team's recent struggles, some Manchester United supporters had asked Musk to think about purchasing the team on Twitter.
The change in tweets comes as Musk tries to back out of a $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter, just four months after he stated on the platform that he would do so. Twitter has sued Musk over the matter.
Because of his unusual nature and penchant for producing snarky tweets, it can be challenging to determine whether Musk is joking.
He tweeted on April 27, two days after Twitter's board accepted his unsolicited offer to purchase the firm, "Next I'm purchasing Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in."
And I'm not buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in, despite the extreme popularity of such a move, he wrote on Wednesday about that post.
Musk has previously been into trouble with American regulators because of his tweets about prospective purchases.
He tweeted in 2018 that finance had been "secured" for a $72 billion proposal to take Tesla private, but he did not make an offer. To address Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that Musk had deceived investors, Musk and Tesla each paid $20 million civil fines, and Musk resigned as chairman of Tesla.
A request for comment regarding Musk's tweet indicating he was purchasing the club outside of regular business hours did not receive a prompt response from the SEC.
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