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Man United to honour Fergie

2012-11-06 07:41

London - Manchester United will unveil a statue of manager Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford later this month, the English Premier League giants have announced.

Ferguson, who on Tuesday celebrated his 26th anniversary as United manager following a successful spell in charge of Scottish side Aberdeen, will see the 9ft (2.74m) high bronze work by sculptor Philip Jackson unveiled on Friday, November 23.

A United statement said: "It will be placed in a prominent position near the entrance to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand -- formerly the North Stand which was renamed in his honour last year.

"The club will also be unveiling new artwork and installations in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand concourses which will illustrate the manager's achievements throughout his United career."

Jackson's work will go on public display for the first time the day before Queens Park Rangers, Ferguson's initial opponents in his maiden home match as United manager, visit Old Trafford.

Ferguson is widely regarded as one of British football's greatest managers, having won 12 English titles and two Champions League trophies with United among a clutch of trophies in addition to the three Scottish championships and the European Cup Winners' Cup he brought to Aberdeen.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999 in recognition of his services to the game.

His statue will be the latest piece of sculpture at Old Trafford, with permanent statues of late United manager Matt Busby, who guided the club to their first European Cup title in 1968 and the "United Trinity" of 1960s stars George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton outside the ground. the European Cup Winners Cup title in 1983 by beating Real Madrid in the final.

The statue will be positioned near the entrance to the stand named in Ferguson's honour last year.

AFP

Comments
  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-11-06 07:52

    Hope it is a statue depicting one of his several tantrums

      nhlapop - 2012-11-06 09:51

      Are you smoking NYAOPE WENA????? You cant archive what he archived. I wonder if you know anything about soccer .

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-11-06 10:15

      If you think that success at the highest level is achieved through broad smiles and the entire team sitting around a camp fire singing 'Amazing Grace', then you do not understand professional sport.

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-11-06 12:44

      Nope, not smoking nothing. I am hinting at his arrogance that everyone (incl FA) has to bow before him. (AND IT IS ACHIEVE, NOT ARCHIVE - dimwit)

  • MrDinwiddie - 2012-11-06 09:11

    About time too. They should give him shares in the club

      nhlapop - 2012-11-06 09:52

      I agree with you, he done a lot for this club and hes still gona deliver more to Man U.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-11-06 10:32

      They will probably settle on offering him a honourary lifetime presidential title or something similar. And a permanent seat next to Sir Bobby Charlton at all home games. For all that he achieved at Barcelona, even Pep Guardiola was gracious enough to acknowledge that he is still way behind Sir Alex as a manager. The guy is a legend.

  • phumlani.loliwe - 2012-11-06 09:40

    The phrase \part of the furniture\ should have Sir Alex's face next to it...if he stays up to 30 yrs, they should rename Old Trafford to his name!

  • sabelo.mashego.90 - 2012-11-06 17:59

    Sir Alex is Manchester United. Can't begin to imagine life at Old Trafford without him but it won't be good.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-08 10:14

    The sly old fox earned the honor. NEVER WALK ALONE

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