On Friday, a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson will be unveiled outside Old Trafford in honour of the Manchester United manager’s 26-year reign at the Theatre of Dreams.
Created by sculptor Philip Jackson, the bronzed figure represents the Scot’s unparalleled commitment to the Reds during an era in football that is seemingly opposed to loyalty.
Of course, United are mostly an exception to that theme, thanks partly to the family values and principles that have provided the club’s foundation since being established in 1886.
Famously, there is a long list of players who have remained faithful to the cause throughout the years. Here, I assess just six of those names who have displayed such commendable dedication.