Jason Manford says he avoids his ­neighbour Sir Alex Ferguson because he is “absolutely terrifying”.

The Manchester City fan and comedian admits he is scared of the former Manchester United boss.

Manford, 39, said: “Sir Alex Ferguson lives around the corner and I see him every so often. I’ve done a few charity gigs for him.

“He’s absolutely ­terrifying. Even when he’s walking his dog he’s ­terrifying.”

Manford, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, said he planned to snub Sir Alex as a joke at a 2010 charity football match but lost his bottle.

Speaking on the podcast Quickly Kevin, Will He Score?, he said: “So I’m in the lineup, and I’ve got, I can’t remember... Olly Murs and the fella from Merlin.

Jason Manford is 'scared' of Sir Alex Ferguson

“Alex Ferguson’s walking along the line, so I say to these guys, ‘when Sir Alex comes, I’m gonna do that handshake that Wayne Bridge did,’ because it was topical as well, as a Comic Relief thing, I thought, ‘everyone will get it, and it’ll be a laugh’.

"And they’re egging me on, and he comes along and he’s shaking hands,
saying, ‘alright son, it’s a good thing you’re doing for charity,’ and he’s coming along, meeting everybody.

He admitted he bottled out of a prank on the former Manchester United boss

“Then he comes to me, and I’m about to do it - and I just absolutely s***
myself and went, ‘hi Sir Alex, nice to meet you.’

"I just ­absolutely s*** myself. I just couldn’t do it, he’s genuinely terrifying.”

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