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Sir Alex Ferguson Statue Will Go on Show at Old Trafford Later This Month

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United looks on with assistant Mike Phelan during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Simon EdmondsCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2016

The Telegraph is reporting that a statue of Manchester United's commander in chief, Sir Alex Ferguson, will be unveiled outside of Old Trafford later this month.

Today marks the exact start of Fergie's 26th year in charge of the Red Devils in a career that has seen record after record broken by the mighty Scotsman and his players.

Sculptor Phillip Jackson has now been burdened with the task of carving Ferguson's image into marble, with the final piece planned to be revealed on Friday November 23. 

The club issued a statement saying:

''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.''

Very fittingly the following day sees Londoners Queen Park Rangers travel to Old Trafford in a Barclays Premier League clash. This exact same fixture was the first home tie that Sir Alex faced back in 1986 in charge of United.

Following on from the aforementioned renaming of the North Stand last season, this is a fantastic and sadly somewhat rare site to be witnessing in modern football.

All too often managers are cast aside these days after the slightest dips in a team's form. Sir Alex was lucky enough to come from a time where a bad start to the season didn't respond in a quick and untidy firing. If it had done, then Fergie may have been out of the door before the 1990's.

Thankfully for English football and the sake of all United fans, this was not the case. A big collective well done to Sir Alex on yet another year in charge of England's most successful football club. 


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