Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson admits he could've been lost to British football.

Ferguson has revealed he was ready to move to Canada while still a player in Scotland.

"I once got the papers to emigrate to Canada," he said at a Q&A yesterday.

"I went to Canada House on the corner of Waterloo Street and Hope Street in Glasgow and put them in a drawer in the house while I made my mind up.

St Johnstone's reserves had lost 9-1, 10-2 and 8-0 and, with his spirits low, Ferguson had a female friend call manager Bobby Brown on a Friday afternoon feigning illness ahead of a game when the injuries were kicking in.

It was an early experience of the 'hairdryer' routine he himself would perfect.

"He told me I was a disgrace and to report the next day because there were players who were genuinely injured.

"And I scored a hat-trick - my first ever. It changed my life and from that day I always tell people, 'Don't miss your opportunities'.

"Nine months later I found the Canada papers in the drawer. I never did sign them."

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