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Michael Knighton has revealed his delight at the prospect of part of Manchester United being sold by The Glazers.
The American family are in talks of with private equity firm Apollo over selling a minority stake - although the deal will still likely see them retain day-to-day control of the club.
However, with the club open to selling shares, it has also alerted the likes of Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe who is estimated to be worth £12bn.
A spokesperson for Ratcliffe claimed on Wednesday the 69-year-old would be interested in buying United if the club were put up for sale.
Knighton, who has held recent ambitions to launch his own takeover, was overjoyed at the prospect of United being sold to Ratcliffe who is a lifelong United supporter.
Knighton said on Twitter: 'SIR JIM RADCLIFFE - YES, YES, YES, YES, THIS IS WONDERFUL NEWS - I SAID FROM DAY ONE THE GLAZERS WILL BE GONE THIS TIME & THE GREAT JR IS THE MAN TO IT & IT'S HAPPENED!! Thank you to EVERY fan that believed this message, yr support has been magnificent. BRAVO!'
The Glazers have put a £4billion figure on selling the club outright but despite members of the family wanting out of Old Trafford, brothers Joel and Avram are expected to keep their shares.
Michael Knighton has thrown his support behind a potential Sir Jim Ratcliffe bid for Man Utd
Knighton, who famously juggled a ball on the Old Trafford pitch amid his failed attempts to buy Manchester United in 1989, admitted he doesn't have the funds to buy the club now
Although it is not clear who the members of the Apollo firm are the consortium is not likely to include bidders who recently missed out on buying Chelsea - including Ratcliffe.
Despite having lofty ambitions to buy the club, Knighton revealed recently he did not have the funds to lead a take over. Instead, he has been hopeful of backing a bid led by Ratcliffe.
Knighton, who previously tried to purchase the club in 1989, told ITV News: 'They are small-time billionaires that I have been speaking to for three to four months now.
'When I was approached by some fan groups, oddly enough, saying "look, our club is dying in its feet, would you please do something?"
'I made a few phone calls and I've been pulling this consortium together ever since.
'We are not the great Sir Jim Ratcliffe. We do not have those resources. We are not some nation state sovereign fund who has oil revenue of two billion a day.
The Glazer family are open to selling a minority stake but Joel (right) and Avram (left) are expected to keep their shares as well as day-to-day running of the club
The Glazers have been unpopular among fans since taking over the club back in 2005
'The point is: someone had to make a stand. If we can smoke the great Sir Jim out to buy Manchester United my consortium will be punching the air because we've achieved what we want to do. We will make the bid with our own consortium.
'But, I'll tell you this, we do not have the resources available to do everything that is