The world’s richest man was urged to buy the Premier League club by desperate fans earlier this year.
Musk, 51, who is the owner of Tesla and Space X and has a net worth of around $265billion (£200bn), submitted a bid in the region of $41billion (£31bn) to buy Twitter in April but United fans wanted him to splash his cash on their faltering team
Musk tweeted tonight: ‘To be clear, I support the left half of the Republican Party and the right half of the Democratic Party!
‘Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome [sic].’
Musk has a history of making irreverent tweets and his comment appears to be tongue-in-cheek with the declaration of intent regarding the ownership of United coming out of the blue today. It is not known if he does intend to pursue a deal.
At the time of writing Musk’s tweet had been retweeted 28,000 times, quote tweeted 18,500 times and was liked more than 150,000 times.
Social media users were left in disbelief at Musk’s tweet. One wrote: ‘Are you serious?’
While a United supporter said: ‘You have absolutely no idea the sheer amount of hope you just have to a million fans worldwide. Please do buy us though.’
United is one of the world’s best-known and best-supported soccer clubs. They’ve been crowned champions of England a record 20 times and have won three European Cups.
The team is controlled by the American Glazer family, who bought the club for $955.51million, but fans have protested against the ownership in recent years with the team falling from grace and struggling massively on the pitch.
The anti-Glazer movement gained momentum last year after United were involved in a controversial but failed attempt to form a breakaway European Super League.
The soccer club had a market capitalization of $2.08bn, as of Tuesday’s stock market close.
Some fans encouraged Musk to buy the club, which hit rock bottom last weekend after a 4-0 humiliation at Brentford, instead of buying Twitter.
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