Billionaire Elon Musk has admitted a tweet about buying Man Utd was part of a “long-running joke” on the social media platform.
The Tesla founder made reference to the Red Devils in a late-night tweet.
Musk wrote: “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.”
His post quickly garnered a lot of attention, receiving more than 36,000 retweets and almost 200,000 likes within a couple of hours.
But, responding to Tesla owners asking if he was serious, Musk tweeted in reply: “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.”
United have been owned by the Florida-based Glazer family since 2005.
Their ownership has regularly come under fire from fans due to the debt, dividends and mismanagement that followed their controversial takeover.
The Glazers have also overseen a sharp decline in performances and results in recent years.
The record 20-time champions of England have not won a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge in 2012-13 and no kind of silverware for five years.
Gary Neville believes Manchester United are in “special measures” and that they could finish in the bottom half of the Premier League if they do not address their “horror story” recruitment strategy.
The former United defender was vocal in his criticism of the club’s owners following a humiliating 4-0 loss at Brentford on Saturday.
The defeat left Erik Ten Hag’s side bottom of the table after the Dutchman lost his first competitive game in charge a week earlier at home to Brighton.
Neville spoke out about what he considered to be poor ownership of the club from the Glazer family and on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, the ex-Valencia boss continued his evaluation.
“When a school is underperforming and getting poor results regularly over a period of time they get put in special measures by the Government and the kids don’t get blamed,” he said.
“That is where Manchester United are, it is special measures and you can’t blame the kids any more.
“It is a horror story from a recruitment point of view.
“I know there is a big call for blaming the players and we have blamed the players a lot over the last 10 years – I was excited about those players coming to the club as many people were.
“Even last year with Jadon Sancho, Rafael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo – great signings.
“When (Angel) Di Maria came, we said it would be a great signing.
“But it has become a graveyard for football players this football club, where players are considering whether to even come to the club, they can’t get players in.”