Manchester United to honour Sir Alex Ferguson with Old Trafford statue
Manchester United will unveil a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson outside Old Trafford on 23 November, ahead of the league meeting with Queens Park Rangers, who were the Scot’s first home opposition of his 26-year tenure.
A statement from United said:
“As Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates 26 years in charge of Manchester United, the club can announce that the statue of Britain’s most successful manager will be unveiled at Old Trafford on Friday, 23 November, at 2pm.
“The unveiling will take place the day before United’s match with Queen’s Park Rangers, the opponents of Sir Alex’s first home match in charge at Old Trafford on 22nd November 1986. Key figures from the manager’s time at United will be in attendance to share the occasion. The statue was commissioned to mark the manager’s quarter of a century in charge of Manchester United.
“The statue, by renowned sculptor Philip Jackson, will be positioned in a prominent position near the entrance to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, renamed in his honour last year. The club will also be unveiling new artwork and installations in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand concourses which illustrate the manager’s achievements throughout his United career.”
Ferguson’s haul of major trophies for United stands at two European Cups, 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cup wins, four League Cups, the Cup-Winners’ Cup and one Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup. He was also voted the League Managers Association manager of the decade for the 1990s, has won three LMA manager of the year awards and the UEFA manager of the year for 1998-9, and on 10 occasions he has been voted the Premier League manager of the season.