Manchester United apply for planning permission to erect bronze Sir Alex Ferguson statue at Old Trafford

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have applied to Trafford Council for planning permission to start work on a three metre tall bronze Sir Alex Ferguson statue at Old Trafford.

“We believe that the statue will be a fine tribute by one of the country’s leading sculptures and a fitting way to mark the manager’s 25 years in charge of the club.” Manchester United spokesman

The statue will be built outside the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, above the entrance to the museum tour and the famous Red Cafe.

With bronze statues of Sir Matt Busby and the trinity of George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton already erected outside the stadium, it is expected that there will be no objections to the project in commemoration of Sir Alex’s 25 years in charge of Manchester United.

It is the least that Sir Alex deserves after what he has done for Manchester United. Just as much as Sir Matt Busby and the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Best, Law and Charlton deserved their statues, Sir Alex has been the curator of Manchester United’s golden era.

Sir Alex Ferguson has given his approval to sculptor Philip Jackson, who will build the statue. Philip was behind the Sir Matt Busby and ‘Holy Trinity’ statues and said he is honoured to have been given the task.

He 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.”

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