Sir Alex Ferguson tried to impress James Bond actor Daniel Craig with the offer of free tickets to watch Manchester United play, only to discover the Hollywood superstar is actually a Liverpool fan, reports the London Metro.

The Red Devils boss sat next to the world renowned 007 star's mother, on a recent flight to the United States, where he made the kind gesture.

However, she politely declined the invitation on behalf of her son, telling the 70-year-old Scot that Old Trafford was unlikely to get a visit from Craig, because he is a die-hard Liverpool supporter.

Craig was pictured with Brendan Rodgers and the rest of the Reds' first-team squad on the club's pre-season tour of North America, and when time allows, he is a regular visitor to Anfield.

"I know Daniel Craig," explained the Manchester United chief in a recent interview with The Sun. "The only thing about Daniel Craig is he's a Liverpool fan.

"His mother was on the same plane as me when I went to New York in September.

"I said to her, 'There's a ticket for Daniel at Old Trafford any time.' She looked at me as if I had horns on my head! She replied, 'I don't think Daniel will want to go and see Manchester United.'"

Despite the snub, Ferguson still firmly believes that Craig is the number one Bond – thanks to the pair's shared Scottish heritage - and plans to see him in his latest Bond release, Skyfall.

"He has to be the best Bond - he's Scottish," he added. "They tell me it's very good."

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