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Britain’s richest man billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe – wants to buy Man Utd

BRITISH billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants to buy Manchester United in a dramatic takeover.

And he was hailed as the "perfect" man to take on the crisis club by Red Devils legend Viv Anderson.

Current owners the Glazer family are said to be open to selling a minority stake in the Premier League crisis club, which has a reported total value of £5billion.

And Ratcliffe, one of the richest people in Britain, would jump at the chance to invest in the Old Trafford side and take "full control".

Ratcliffe - who is believed to be worth around £11bn - would even want to purchase the entire club outright if the Glazers decided to sell completely and is ready to pay what is required to overhaul the squad and modernise the crumbling 76,000-seater stadium.

A spokesperson said: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer.

“If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership.

“This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent.

"Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset."

Former United star Anderson said: “Sir Jim is a Salford boy, no matter how much money he has made. He knows the heart of the club, he knows the hearts of the fans.

“Sir Jim is a Manchester United man, through and through, and he would just be the perfect man to take over the club.

“The Glazers have had their moment — they have had their time at Manchester United.

“I would back Sir Jim to take over and I know the millions of United supporters around the world would do so, too.”

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