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Fake Manchester United token soars 3,000% after Elon Musk jokes about buying team

Fake Manchester United token soars 3,000% after Elon Musk jokes about buying team

Manchester United Fan Token (MUFC) is a dead coin and not related to the sports franchise, but one Elon Musk tweet was enough to revive it on Aug. 17.

Fake Man U token pumps after Elon Musk’s tweet

To clarify, MUFC is not an official Manchester United crypto token. It came to life in August 2021 after a team of programmers, who said to be hardcore fans of the Manchester United, falsely claimed that holding MUFC would give them influence on the football club’s decisions.

The team later conducted an “airdrop” round of 10,000,000,000 MUFC in November 2021, promising to provide 10,000 MUFC to users who follow its official social media handles. The prospects of getting free MUFC tokens helped its price rally to as high as $1.

But the project turned out to be vaporware, eventually leading MUFC down by 100% after November. It was deemed extinct until a tweet from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Aug. 17 revived it from oblivion.

The Tesla CEO tweeted that he would buy the Manchester United football club, which he later admitted was a “long-running joke.”

Nonetheless, the message sent the financial assets related to Manchester United soaring, including its stock MANU, which rose 1.97% in pre-market trading, and Tezos (XTZ), the club’s official blockchain and training partner, whose market valuation surged by $138.85 million.

Even Manchester City’s official crypto token, CITY, popped higher by nearly 14% to reach $7 per piece after Musk’s tweet, despite Manchester City being a different football club.

CITY/USD daily price chart. Source: TradingView

On the other hand, MUFC surged by over 3,000% hours after Musk’s tweet about buying Manchester United, according to data fetched by CoinPaprika.com.

MUFC price and volume performance (last seven days). Source: CoinPaprika.com

“Manchester United fan token” has zero liquidity

However, the MUFC rally appears to be price manipulation due to extremely poor liquidity and volume. 

Notably, in the last 24 hours, MUFC had been trading only against two crypto assets: WBNB and USDT. While the liquidity for the WBNB/MUFC pair was mere $106.84, it was even lower for the USDT/MUFC pair at around $10, according to data from PancakeSwap, a decentralized exchange.

MUFC pools statistics as of Aug. 17. Source: PancakeSwap

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