Manchester United, Elon Musk and the Bored Squillionnaires Club | Manchester United


Late last night, Elon Musk, the bored billionaire with pockets deeper than a Gulf state and an ego to match, rolled up to Old Trafford in his electric clunker and started playing donuts in the parking lot. Look at me, everyone, his actions seemed to say. Look at me, look at me, look at me. But no one looked at him. They were all watching the current Premier League table with panes [Glazered? – Fiver Ed] look at their faces. So poor Elon had to go home and get their attention some other way. He did so by announcing on Popular Social Media Disgrace Twitter: “I’m buying Manchester United, you’re welcome.” There, it ripped them off! Everyone is watching now. Clever Elon, who did everything all by himself from scratch.

The tweet piqued everyone’s interest, okay. The singular business genius saw his last big deal – buying PSMDT himself – go dramatically south, and still harbors the dream of colonizing Mars. Frankly, however, we have reached the point where a consortium led by Walter Mitty, Donald Trump and the former Debenhams board would be seen as an improvement over the Glazers, so many exasperated United fans were receptive. at the idea. Sadly, a few hours of enthusiastic tweets later, those poor supporters had their hopes dashed when Musk admitted it was just one of his goofy comic gambits, a kind of long-running internet riff, although he explained that United were his “favorite team as a kid”, for what that’s worth. Final score: March one, Manchester eff-all.

Musk wasn’t the only bored billionaire spending his evening frolicking along the information highway. Cristiano Ronaldo was also glued to his phone, liking an Instagram post linking him to Atlético Madrid, then pasting his own, in which he promised to reveal “the truth” about his future soon. “The media tells lies,” he said, referring to a notebook he apparently uses to record stories about him. “In the last 100 months… only five were right. Imagine how it is. Stick to this advice. And so once again, Manchester United’s increasingly stretched fan base awaits developments with bated breath. Although United are desperately trying to sign Christian Pulisic on loan from Chelsea, everyone already knows deep down how things will play out.


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“Did anyone think that Mike Riley and Anthony Taylor’s collective lack of sympathy towards Marc Cucurella on Sunday was possibly due to hair envy on their part? I must add that as a Spurs fan madly challenged, I thought their decision to do nothing was right” – Avi Chaudhuri.

“The Stop Football campaign is alive and well in Bucharest, judging by the graffiti I found this morning” – Ian Fail.

*Fiver nods wisely*. Photo: Ian Fail

“After Darwin Núñez’s red card, can I suggest that the boy just needs time to become a Premier League footballer? Just a theory” – Alastair McGillivray.

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Marc Cucurella's locks in full swing.
Marc Cucurella’s locks in full swing. Photography: Dave Shopland/Shutterstock

Fiver Ticker Transfer Time! West Ham continued a busy summer with the £10.1m signing of Thilo Kehrer. “It’s the best league in the world!” applauded the former PSG central defender…

… as Newcastle prepare to raise their bid by more than £20m for Watford striker João Pedro. The Magpies also like Christian Pulisic, while Ben Brereton Díaz has a choice of three seaside locations with Nice, Bournemouth and Everton all interested in the half-Chilean hot shot.

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Aife Mannion.
Aife Mannion. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images/Reuters

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