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Man Utd legend Ferguson: I was ready to move to Canada and then...

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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