Elon Musk tweeted that he is buying Manchester United, sparking debate about the club's future.
“I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” Musk tweeted on 17 August 2022.
Musk has a habit of posting irreverent tweets, so it is uncertain whether he is serious about pursuing a deal.
According to its stock market estimate, buying United would cost Musk at least £2bn.
Manchester United is led by the six children of Malcolm Glazer, who bought a majority share in 2005.
The club and its owners responded to Musk's tweet with no quick response.
Manchester United fans protested the team's poor performance and involvement in a plan to launch a new "Super League" of Europe's richest teams.
After two straight losses, including an 0-4 setback to Brentford last weekend, Manchester United is currently last — the first time in 30 years.
Musk also claimed to buy Twitter for $44bn before the deal collapsed in July and has talked of colonising Mars and boosting birthrates on Earth.