Revealed: The Fergie mural of success that will greet you at Old Trafford (and what it looks like to have won 37 trophies)
11:37 GMT, 23 November 2012
This is the giant Sir Alex Ferguson mural that will greet Manchester United fans when they enter Old Trafford.
Surrounded by his incredible haul of 37 trophies, Ferguson holds his arms out wide in a show of his dominance of English football.
The 70-year-old, who will have his own statue unveiled outside Old Trafford at 2pm today, is the centre of attention as the club celebrate his 26 years in charge.
The giant mural will be hung across the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and will be glimpsed by fans for the first time at tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash with QPR.
It will be displayed on the concourse as fans pass through the turnstiles at the stadium.
His whopping trophy haul is this – 12 Premier League trophies, two Champions League trophies, five FA Cups and four League Cups.
It is a dramatic reminder of his unrivalled success at United as he enters the finals years of his reign.
Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy will be amongst the most notable guests at the unveiling of a statue in honour of Ferguson.
United commissioned award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson to create the nine-foot bronze statue which will be placed outside the stand that already bears Ferguson's name.
The precise details of the statue are yet to be revealed but Ferguson recently inspected it himself and declared himself satisfied.
His longevity at Old Trafford is encapsulated by the guests who will be in attendance.
In addition to Cantona, who signed for United almost 20 years ago in probably the most astute transfer of Ferguson's 26-year reign, and Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals in five seasons but has never been back to the club since he was sensationally jettisoned in 2006, Ferguson's first captain, Bryan Robson, will be there, plus Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored that famous injury-time match-winner in the 1999 Champions League final.
United's entire first-team squad will also be present, as will England coach and long-time Red Devil Gary Neville.
Fergie 37… The Rest 31: How he squares up against his current Premier League rivals…
Arsene Wenger 11… Premier League (3), FA Cup (4), Community Shield (4)
Martin O’Neill 5… League Cup (2), FA Trophy (2), Football Conference (1)
Rafa Benitez 4… Champions League (1), FA Cup (1), UEFA Super Cup (1), Community Shield (1)
Roberto Mancini 3… Premier League (1), FA Cup (1), Community Shield (1)
Chris Hughton 1 (Championship)
Brian McDermott 1 (Championship)
Nigel Adkins 1 (League One)
Paul Lambert 1 (League One)
Roberto Martinez 1 (League One)
David Moyes 1 (Second Division)
Sam Allardyce 1 (Third Division)
Alan Pardew 1 (Football League Trophy)
0 Martin Jol, Brendan Rodgers, Mark Hughes, Tony Pulis, Michael Laudrup, Andre Villas-Boas, Steve Clarke
Sir Alex Ferguson, pictured below with Eric Cantona in 1996, has won 37 trophies – Premier League x 12, Champions League x 2, FA Cup x5, League Cup x 4, Community Shield x 10, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup)