Sir Alex Ferguson was put in jail after drunken brawl as he went ‘off the rails’

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson 'went off the rails' and was thrown in jail after a drunken brawl in the early 1960s.

Fergie was appointed Red Devils boss in 1983 and led the club to an unprecedented level of success before his retirement in 2013.

His honours include 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues trophies.

But the man himself has acknowledged how things could've been so different after a regrettable incident in the 1960s.

Ferguson was at St Johnstone at the time and revealed how he turned to drink while struggling with being out of the first-team.

Ahead of a new documentary about his life, entitled, Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, the 79-year-old spoke candidly about the incident and his relationship with his father.

He said: "I was getting despondent about football because I wasn't a first team player all the time.

"My career was going down the pan and I went off the rails a bit.

"I was going out in town and I started going out on Friday nights even, the day before a game.

"My dad would say 'You can't go to the dancing if you've got a game tomorrow.'

"That's when we fell out. It got to a point where he said 'Go your own way and we'll see what happens,' and then we weren't talking to one another.

"For two years between 1961 and 1963 we didn't talk.

"One night I went out and I got drunk and I ended up in a fight and ended up in jail. I went to court and got fined £3. I was a bit of a black sheep.

"That period has always been in the back of my head and I have always regretted it.

"Here's me with the background and upbringing I had and I surrendered."

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    "It was the most important game of my life," he added.

    "I wanted to go home and see my dad because I knew he would be proud. I said 'What do you think dad?'. He said 'It was alright, okay,' and then he starts 'That's the boy I had.'

    "We were back pals. That changed my life, it was the biggest break of my life and it was the one that mattered to me."

    "It was the most important game of my life.

    Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In is in cinemas from May 27.

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