As the manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has overseen the most successful period in the club’s history, guiding the Red Devils to 37 major trophies in his tenure. To honour his time at the club, a statue was unveiled in front of the recently renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.
The nine-foot statue was commissioned in November 2011, just before United went on to beat Sunderland 1-0, and marked 25 years in Manchester for the Scottish manager. To commemorate this momentous occasion, ex-players and the entire current first-team squad were in attendance.
Rain poured across the Northern city but Ferguson stated, “The rain never stops Manchester people.” Before going on to add, “It’s fantastic, a really proud moment.”
Ferguson’s time in charge at Old Trafford has seen the club usurp Liverpool as the most successful English club in history, as he has lead them to 12 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns.
“Normally people die before they see their statue, so I’m out-living death,” said Ferguson. “I’ve had an incredible journey at the club and I’ve had so many great players, some of whom are here today. They should build this statue for them all, because they’ve been absolutely marvellous. From 1986 right through to today, the players have given us enormous pleasure.”
Players such as Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Edwin van der Sar, Peter Schmeichel, Anyd Cole, Dwight Yorke and Bryan Robson were in attendance whilst David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo provided a recorded message to Ferguson. The statue was unveiled by his wife, Lady Cathy.