It was news that no one expected, and for a while it made social media and the world of football go crazy.
Was the richest man in the world going to buy Manchester United?
Just after 01:00 BST on Wednesday, Elon Musk, who is reported to have a net worth of $270bn (£223bn) according to Forbes, posted on Twitter: “Also I’m buying Manchester United, Welcome”.
Cue pandemonium on the social network, with the American’s tweet receiving over 400,000 likes.
It has been a painful start to the new season for United.
They are bottom of the Premier League after two defeats, the star player Cristiano Ronaldo Can I leave, weather the new signings do not materialize.
Their fans are restless and, earlier this week, the Manchester United Supporters Trust said He will “demand answers” from those running the club after a “humiliatingly bad” start to the season.
The club has been in decline since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager in 2013, and the Glazer family, who have owned the club since 2005, have been singled out.
There have been multiple protests against the Glazers’ ownership in recent years, including one in May 2021 that caused the Red Devils’ game against Liverpool to be postponed.
United fans are planning another protest against the American family during their final meeting with their bitter rivals on Monday.
Some fans welcomed Musk’s interest in his club, which was valued at $4.6bn (£3.8bn) per Forbes earlier this year.
Former Liverpool and Netherlands winger Ryan Babel saw an opportunity.
Other fans wondered what a club run by Musk would look like, given that he also owns the rocket company SpaceX and the electric car company Tesla.
But the idea of Musk getting into football was short-lived.
Musk, who has more than 103m Twitter followers and is currently trying to undo his $44bn (£36.3bn) bid to buy it, later clarified that he was just kidding.
Meanwhile, United did not comment on the speculation.
Just as the UK was waking up, Musk was asked if he was “serious” about the deal, replying at 5:34 BST: “No, this is a long running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any gear.” sports”. .”
He added: “Stand-up is my side job.”
But it turns out he’s a Red Devils fan, tweeting: “Although if it was any team it would be Man U. They were my favorite team growing up.”
You never know what the future holds.