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"I nearly bought Man U for 11m"

Wigan FC Chairman Dave Whelan tells reporter John Sweeney just how close he came to buying one of the world's most valuable sport franchises - Manchester United - for a knocked down price.

Panorama spoke to Mr Whelan as it explored the finances of Manchester United and rising debt levels in British football.

Panorama: Man United - Into the Red, BBC One, Tuesday, 8 June at 2235BST.

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