Elon Musk is not buying Manchester United

Tesla's billionaire CEO Elon Musk tweeted late on Tuesday that he was buying Manchester United soccer club.

"Also, I'm buying Manchester United ur welcome," Musk told on Twitter, without any details. Hours later & after several news articles were published about his bold claim he cleared that it was a joke.

"No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I'm not buying any sports teams," he said. Asked about Musk's tweet, a Manchester United spokesperson said "we do not comment on rumours and speculation."

In his 13yrs on Twitter, platform has become an important part of Musk's personal brand. He reveals his venture, lashes out at critics, gives market-moving comment on cryptos & sometimes shares memes.

Musk's tweets about Tesla have landed him in hot water with US SEC. His feud with SEC dates back to his now-infamous 2018 tweet stating, "Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured."

Tesla stock shot up but SEC later accused him of misleading investors. Musk and regulators made deal that included term that Musk gain approval from other Tesla seniors before tweeting about company.

Billionaire's tweets regarding Manchester United come at a time when he is trying to end his $44 billion acquisition of social platform. Twitter has taken him to court over his attempt to exit deal.