Ferguson says proud to have 'outlived death' after Man U unveils statue at Old Trafford
Manchester United has honoured manager Sir Alex Ferguson for his services to the club by unveiling his statue at Old Trafford, and the legendary Scot said it was a proud moment for him.
"Normally people die before they see their statue. I'm outliving death," the Telegraph quoted Ferguson, as saying, gazing approvingly at the Philip Jackson statue of himself, that was unveiled on Friday at Old Trafford before a rapturous audience of fans, family and former players.
Ferguson's speech at the event reflected upon his incredible journey at United, which has encompassed 26 years, 37 trophies and personal accolades too numerous to mention.
The timing of the statue's presentation was significant, too, on the eve of United's match at Old Trafford on Saturday against Queens Park Rangers, the same opposition they faced for the manager's first home match in charge on Nov 22, 1986.
In the VIP seats outside the stadium were not simply Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona and the entire United first team, but all the members of Ferguson's immediate family.
"It's fantastic, a really proud moment. Now my three sons, daughters-in-law and all my grandchildren can all come down here on the bus on a Saturday," Ferguson said.
"I've had so many great players, some of whom are here. They should build a statue for them, because they have been absolutely marvellous. From 1986 right through to today, the players have given us enormous pleasure," he added.