Piers Morgan begs Elon Musk to buy his beloved Arsenal and come ‘nowhere near’ Man United after world’s richest man joked he’s taking over at Old Trafford
- Piers Morgan asked Elon Musk to buy Arsenal instead of Manchester United
- Musk tweeted that he bought the Red Devils before confirming it was a joke
- The Old Trafford club is currently owned by the American Glazer . family
Piers Morgan followed up on Elon Musk’s joke about buying Manchester United by brutally urging the space pioneer to go for his Arsenal side instead.
On Tuesday, Musk tweeted: “I also like to buy Manchester United,” although he later clarified that it was part of a long-running joke that linked the billionaire businessman with the purchase of a number of sports clubs.
However, television personality and Arsenal fan Morgan, 57, responded to Musk’s initial claim and asked the SpaceX man to come get his Gunners, which are currently owned by Stan Kroenke.
Morgan wrote: ‘Trust me in this, Elon – you don’t want to go anywhere near… if you want to buy a football team try @Arsenal.’
Fan Piers Morgan joked that Elon Musk should buy Arsenal instead of rivals Manchester United
Musk had tweeted ‘he’s buying Man United’ before confirming it was a long-standing prank
Musk had said that while he was not involved in any bid for the Red Devils, they would be high on any potential list if he bought a sports team.
“If it was a team, it would be Man U,” Musk, 51, wrote. “As a kid they were my favorite team.”
United’s poor start to the season – starting with losses to Brighton and Brentford – has meant that there is an increasing need for some sort of change in the system at Old Trafford.
Musk’s first comment sparked rumors, before confirming it was a “long-running joke”
In a follow-up tweet, Musk added that Manchester United was his favorite team growing up
However, those results – and the increased pressure on new manager Erik ten Hag and his squad – mean Morgan is not alone in believing that potential investors may not want to get ‘close’ to the club at this point.
Manchester United is currently owned by the American Glazer family, but fan-led protests have made it clear that many in the Old Trafford stands are unhappy with the current operation – and haven’t been for a while.
At the close of the day’s market on Tuesday, United had a market cap of $2.08 billion (£1.72 million), although since Forbes claims Musk has a net worth of $272 billion (£225 billion), following success with PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, he could easily afford this purchase.