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Manchester United Unveil Sir Alex Ferguson Statue at Old Trafford

November 23rd, 2012 at 9:00 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

Manchester United has honored their greatest manager in their history by unveiling a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson outside Old Trafford on Friday. Ferguson was praised by current and ex-players alike as they paid tribute to his highly successful 26 year reign as United boss.

'Manchester - Old Trafford - Manchester United vs Crawley Town' photo (c) 2011, Andrea Sartorati - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The statue, which sits outside the North Stand at Old Trafford, was presented to Ferguson by his wife, Lady Cathy Ferguson. Ferguson revealed it as one of his proudest moments and shared the occasion with past and present players such as Eric Cantona, Andy Cole, Denis Irwin, Gary and Phil Neville, Bryan Robson, Peter Schmeichel, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Edwin van der Sar, and Dwight Yorke. David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo were unable to attend the ceremony but sent Ferguson pre-recorded messages.

Ferguson said, "It is a proud moment. It has been an incredible journey I have had at the club. I have managed so many great players and it is through them I am here today. They should build a statue for all of them. They have been fantastic players to have, a marvelous bunch, and I have been very privileged to deal with such great players from 1986 through to today. They have given us all enormous pleasure. Normally people die before they get a statue. I am outliving death."

This is the second time that Ferguson has been honored in such a way by United, the first being a stand in Old Trafford being re-named after the Scot. All of the players were unanimous in their praise and admiration for Ferguson who has experienced unprecedented success with a single club.

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