Alex Ferguson Never Give In: release date, what Amazon Prime documentary is about - and how to watch trailer

The trailer for the new film about the legendary Manchester United manager has been released

Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United boss, has a new documentary coming out on Amazon Prime.

Titled Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, the film will follow the football icon’s journey from the working-class area of Govan in Glasgow to becoming one of the greatest managers the sport has ever seen.

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The Scot, 79, tragically suffered a brain haemorrhage three years ago and had to work with a speech therapist after fearing he would lose his speech for good after surgery in 2018.

So, when is the documentary out - and is there a trailer?

Here is everything you need to know.

What is the documentary about?

DNA and Passion Pictures have come together to make the new documentary about Ferguson’s life, while it was produced by Bafta winner Andrew Macdonald who is known for his work on Trainspotting.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In will follow the football icon’s journey to becoming one of the greatest managers the sport has ever seen (Credit: Mark Hall)
Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In will follow the football icon’s journey to becoming one of the greatest managers the sport has ever seen (Credit: Mark Hall)

Significantly, it is directed by Ferguson’s own son, Jason, who had previously risen to prominence as a football agent.

More than 550 hours’ worth of material was gathered for the film, including exclusive and previously unseen archive footage of the United legend.

In it, the former football manager speaks to the camera about his own successes, recounting events such as his European Cup Winners’ Cup win with Aberdeen in 1983 and his 13 titles, two Champions League trophies, five FA Cups and four League Cups with Manchester United.

However, he also keeps it real by speaking about his failures, including the “dry years” when he first took up the post at Old Trafford back in 1986.

The documentary reveals that the then professional footballer was still regarded as a “black sheep” by his family members after he was caught up in a fight on a night out which resulted in a trip to court and a fine of £3.

And there is a focus on his upbringing in Glasgow, where he has said: “The only thing you had was football – football every day… There was nothing else in my life”.

The film also reveals that Ferguson feared memory loss after he collapsed with a brain haemorrhage at home in 2018.

Speaking ahead of the movie’s release in cinemas and on the streaming platform, he said: “Losing my memory was my biggest fear when I suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2018.

“In the making of this film I was able to revisit the most important moments of my life, good and bad.

'Having my son Jason direct this film has ensured an honest and intimate account.”

As well as Ferguson himself, the film also features his wife Lady Cathy Ferguson and other family members, alongside interviews with former United players Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs.

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When is Never Give In released?

Fans of Ferguson in the UK and Ireland don’t have to wait long for the film to be released, as it will drop on Amazon Prime’s platform on 29 May over the bank holiday weekend.

Existing Prime customers will be able to stream it on smart TVs and their devices by downloading the streaming app, while new customers can sign up to a month-long free trial if they wish to watch the documentary.

It will also be available to watch in cinemas from 27 May, subject to Covid restrictions at the time.

Then, from 31 May it will be available to rent and own internationally.

How can I watch the trailer?

The official Twitter account of the documentary, @FergusonFilm, posted the trailer for Never Give In on 5 May to much hype from social media users.

In it, Ferguson is asked the question: “What do you remember about Saturday, 5 May, 2018?”

The footage cuts to the terrifying moment when his son called 999 after the former United manager collapsed with a brain haemorrhage.

The football legend says: “I was crying, you know, because I don't remember a thing”.

The two-minute clip then shows a mixture of archive game recordings featuring Ferguson, scenes of Govan where he grew up and interviews with his family members and former footballers.

“He would be right in your face, screaming at you,” Giggs reflected.

“But it was definitely that father-son relationship.”

The trailer is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video Sport’s official YouTube channel.