Man United to unveil Ferguson statue as he celebrates 26 years
The United boss to be immortalised in bronze as his rivals struggle to keep up
ALEX FERGUSON celebrates 26 years in charge of Manchester United today, and the club has marked the occasion by announcing that a statue in his honour will be unveiled at Old Trafford later this month.
The 9ft bronze, created by sculptor Philip Jackson, will be erected next to the grandstand that already carries the veteran manager's name.
The statue will go on display on Friday November 23. "The unveiling comes the day before United welcome QPR who, coincidentally, were the same opponents Ferguson faced in his first home game in charge on November 22, 1986," notes the Daily Mail.
Only 12 of the 28 players that make up United's first team squad were alive when Ferguson took over at Old Trafford in 1986.
Although he is now 70, Ferguson has shown no signs of slowing down and still appears anxious to add to his impressive trophy haul. During his time at United he has won two European Cups, 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, the Cup-Winners' Cup and one Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and Club World Cup.
He is the fifth United legend to be honoured with a statue. Old Trafford is already home to a tribute to Matt Busby and another bronze of players Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best.
Ferguson's anniversary comes as the two men who are his biggest rivals face difficult matches in Europe.
Roberto Mancini, the 14th permanent manager of Manchester City during Fergie's reign, blew his top at a press conference before the Champions League game against Ajax tonight, responding angrily to questions about his loyalty to City after he was linked to the Monaco job, and demanding "respect" from journalists.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger, whose Arsenal side were beaten by United at the weekend, admitted that he was facing a "serious" situation after three defeats in five matches left the Gunners contemplating their worst start to a Premier League season during the Frenchman's 16-year reign.