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Alex Ferguson statue in place at Manchester United"s Old Trafford stadium

Here comes the 9ft statue of Fergie at Old Trafford… but what pose can we expect

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 22 November 2012

Manchester United are on the brink of unveiling their statue of Sir Alex Ferguson.

United commissioned award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson to create the 9ft bronze statue which will be placed outside Old Trafford's recently renamed North Stand. It is to celebrate 70-year-old's Ferguson's incredible career at the club.

Ferguson's pose in the statue has yet to be revealed, with United fans speculating on whether it will be a celebration, with a trophy or even tapping his watch.

Ready to go: The statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is set to be unveiled

Ready to go: The statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is set to be unveiled

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoisted into place

Jackson said: 'I have met Sir Alex on a number of occasions and he is a very nice chap. I took a lot of pictures of him and watched a lot film.

'You have to get to know the subject. He came down to see the clay sculpture and he seemed very pleased.'

The statue is being unveiled at 2pm on Friday, with a large crowd expected to gather at the ground. Ferguson is set to attend, along with Sir Bobby Charlton and United management.

Ahead of the unveiling, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has led the tributes to his great rival.

Fergie time: The United manager has seen his side win numerous games in injury time

Fergie time: The United manager has seen his side win numerous games in injury time

Wenger has had many close duels with Ferguson during his own remarkable 16 years with the Gunners but still holds his old adversary in the highest regard and expects United to struggle to replace him.

The Frenchman said: 'I don't remember anybody else being at the top, top level for such a long time. In some ways it is scary as well because you think when this guy leaves the club, no matter of the quality of who comes in after him, it will be a huge hole.

'The club will be destabilised even if the guy who comes after him is top quality because the print of everything, the life of everything, revolves around Ferguson so much at Manchester United. He has to be immortal so the club doesn't suffer!

Trophy laden: Ferguson has led United to multiple honours during his successful reign

Trophy laden: Ferguson has led United to multiple honours during his successful reign

'His commitment is always there, you never feel that his commitment is weakened. What I admire maybe the most in him is his forward-thinking. He is always ready to move with the times and never speaks about what he has done before.

'He knows when to renew the team, when you have to make changes, and that is exceptional because you can sometimes be a little bit lazy when you have so much success.

'He's never been like that, he's always on his toes and he can renew what is needed, when it is needed.

'It is a job where you need to dedicate your life to football and Ferguson has done that and that deserves massive respect. He has won absolutely everything and, of course, that is something exceptional.'

Still going strong: Ferguson continues to have United challenging both domestically and in Europe

Still going strong: Ferguson continues to have United challenging both domestically and in Europe

Ferguson won the first of his 12 Premier League titles with United in 1993 and has also overseen Champions League success twice. There have also been five FA Cup wins.

Veteran Ryan Giggs, who has been a key member of the first team for most of Ferguson's reign, has also been wholesome in his praise.

The 38-year-old said: 'He's just a great man. Even though he is managing the greatest club in the world and the biggest club in the world, he still has
time for any young player or any player with problems – both on and off the pitch.

'He's the biggest influence on my career so I can't speak highly enough about him.'


Kings of Europe: Ferguson won his second Champions League trophy in 2008

Kings of Europe: Ferguson won his second Champions League trophy in 2008

England hero David Beckham found stardom under Ferguson and was a member of six title-winning sides before leaving for Real Madrid in 2003.

Beckham may have had his differences with Ferguson at times but the pair have long since been reconciled and the respect is evident.

Beckham said: 'I think the manager has been so successful because he's passionate about Manchester United and he's a born winner.

'He knows how to win games, how to handle pressure and how to look after his team and his players. Playing under him for the years that I did, well – he was like a father figure to me.

'I moved up from London to Manchester and he always said to me, “If you've got any worries, come and knock on my door – it's always open”.

Plenty to ponder: Ferguson has faced new challenges during his reign at Old Trafford

Plenty to ponder: Ferguson has faced new challenges during his reign at Old Trafford

'I was scared to go and knock on his door because of who he is but he always made me feel as if I was part of a family and that's how you feel when you're at Manchester United.'

Another influential player was defender Gary Neville, who is now on the England coaching staff and forging a promising media career.

Neville said: 'To be at this club for so long is staggering. You would never believe it could happen.

'I've said before, United had Sir Matt Busby, now they've got somebody who's replicated his longevity at the club and surpassed his success – you would just never believe it could be achieved.

'It's really not something you can put into words, what Sir Alex Ferguson has done for the club.'

Sir Alex Ferguson statue outside Old Trafford

United to honour legendary Sir Alex with 9ft statue outside his Old Trafford stand

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UPDATED:

09:35 GMT, 14 September 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson is to be honoured with a bronze statue outside Old Trafford to celebrate his 25 years in charge of Manchester United.

The Scot, who has won 24 major trophies in a quarter of a century, is the club's longest serving manager and already has a stand named after him at the stadium.

United have asked award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson to create the 9ft bronze statue which will be placed outside the recently renamed North Stand.

Honour: A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is to be erected outside Old Trafford

Honour: A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson is to be erected outside Old Trafford

Jackson said: 'I have met Sir Alex on a number of occasions and he is a very nice chap. I took a lot of pictures of him and watched a lot film. You have to get to know the subject.

'He came down to see the clay sculpture and he seemed very pleased.'

United already have two permanent statues outside their famous home ground – one of legendary manager Sir Matt Busby overlooking the East Stand, and the other known as the 'the United Trinity' of George Best, Denis Law and Bobby Charlton.

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

History: Sir Matt Busby and the 'United trinity' have already been celebrated

Ferguson, who is now 70 years old, has shown no signs of slowing down despite his advancing years and the increased competition, notably from rivals Manchester City.

On Thursday night the 70-year-old's charity gala ball welcomed famous faces from football and beyond, with David Moyes and Dwight Yorke among those to attend.

Having a ball: Dwight Yorke and David Moyes were at Sir Alex Ferguson's charity event

Having a ball: Dwight Yorke and David Moyes were at Sir Alex Ferguson's charity event

Having a ball: Dwight Yorke and David Moyes were at Sir Alex's charity event

Sir Bobby Robson statue to be unveiled at Newcastle

Sir Bobby statue to be unveiled before Newcastle take on Manchester City

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10:02 GMT, 26 April 2012

Newcastle are to honour former manager Sir Bobby Robson by unveiling a new statue at St James' Park.

The nine-and-a-half-foot bronze sculpture will stand at the south-west corner of the stadium.

It will be unveiled before the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday, May 6 with Sir Bobby's widow, Lady Elsie, and her family in attendance.

Legend: Sir Bobby Robson will have a statue at St James' Park

Legend: Sir Bobby Robson will have a statue at St James' Park

The statue, sculpted by Tom Maley, has been commissioned by the club to celebrate the former England manager's five-year reign, which saw the Magpies finish fourth, third and fifth in successive seasons and reach the second group stage of the Champions League and the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.

Managing director Derek Llambias said: 'We are delighted to be able to honour Sir Bobby Robson with this lasting tribute.

'He was a great man and ambassador for this football club and for the city.

'He achieved great success during his time as manager of Newcastle United and this statue is a fitting way for the club to remember him.'

Remembered: Sir Bobby's wife Lady Elsie at St James' Park where thousands of tributes were left following the former Newcastle manager's death in 2009

Remembered: Sir Bobby's wife Lady Elsie at St James' Park where thousands of tributes were left following the former Newcastle manager's death in 2009

Lady Elsie will be joined by members of her husband's squad and staff, current boss Alan Pardew and his coaching team and representatives from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the charity he founded to raise money to fund cancer research.

Lady Elsie said: 'It's very fitting that there will be a tribute to Bob outside Newcastle United's ground. This is where his love of football began.

'As a boy, he would come here with his dad and he likely queued to get into the ground where the statue will be sited.

'My husband's career took him all over the world, but he was always a Newcastle fan at heart. He loved this club and was very proud to be its manager.

'I think the statue design is wonderful and I'm very grateful to Newcastle United for funding it.'