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Manchester United granted planning permission for Sir Alex Ferguson statue at Old Trafford
MANCHESTER United has had planning permission approved to erect a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford and is expected to unveil it before the end of the year.
The three meter bronze statue will commemorate the manager’s 25 years at the club and will be built on a supporting plinth at the entrance to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, formerly the North Stand.
The statue has been designed by Scottish sculptor, Philip Jackson, and will be similar to that of Sir Matt Busby and ‘the holy trinity’ of George best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton that are already at the ground.
A United spokesman said: “To be at a club of our standing for so long is truly remarkable.
“In that time, Alex has established himself as the most successful manager in British football history, winning countless trophies and creating numerous sides admired around the world for their flair and ability.
“Alex’s contribution to United has been immense and the magnificent stadium we have here at Old Trafford is a testament to his ability and success.
“The Board felt it right to take this unique step, as well as to commission Philip Jackson to create a statue to go alongside his other great pieces here of Sir Matt and the United Trinity.
“These tributes are made with the grateful thanks of the owners, board, staff, players and fans of Manchester United, for the great pleasure Alex has brought us all over a quarter of a century.”