Wigan chairman Whelan: Missus blocked me from buying Man Utd for £11.5M

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has revealed how close he came to buying Manchester United.

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has revealed how close he came to buying Manchester United.

Whelan has admitted he almost bought Manchester United for £11.5million but was talked out of it by his wife.

He struck a deal with former Man United chairman Martin Edwards in 1990 for his majority stake but his wife Pat convinced him not to take it.

Whelan told the Mirror: "I told my wife I had just been to a meeting where I’d bought Manchester United, the biggest football club in the world, for £11.5m.

"But instead of telling me I’d done a great piece of business, she asked, "Do you think all your customers who support other clubs will still shop at JJB if you own Man United?" and I said, ‘Oh, I hadn’t thought of that.’

"It dawned on me that Liverpool fans and others might turn their backs on my shops because of the rivalry with United."

He continued: "Do I regret pulling out of the United deal financially? Yes, of course. I was stupid – I was sitting on a gold mine, but I got cold feet."

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