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Sir Alex Ferguson further cemented his legacy at Manchester United as the club honoured the Sir Alex by unveiling a statue outside Old Trafford earlier this afternoon.

The statue, unveiled by Sir Alex’s wife Cathy, was described by David Gill as “the next piece in the jigsaw” to honour Fergie’s 25 years in charge of the club following the renaming of the North Stand to Sir Alex Ferguson Stand last year, was unveiled in front of the current team and many former United greats including Eric Cantona, Andy Cole, Bryan Robson, Phil and Gary Neville,Edwin Van der Sar Denis Irwin, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Peter Schmeichel and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Fans lined up outside Old Trafford, where heavens punctually opened in typical Mancunian fashion, to honour the man who picked up Sir Matt Busby’s baton and forged the club into what it is today, who received video messages from David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In recent years, here at Red Rants we have occasionally questioned some of Fergie’s decisions – after all, that’s what an opinionated blog is all about – but today we decided to leave our personal views aside and honour perhaps the greatest manager football has ever seen.

Manchester United have always been a family club (forget about the corporate crap we’re fed these days), and every family need a father figure. Over the years we have come to take Fergie for granted but, in the future, we will all look back reflecting on how blessed we have been to witness his reign. In his 26 years at the club, Sir Alex has changed the club  and few have represented Manchester United and the values of our club as Fergie has done over the years.

Critics come and go, glory remains. Untarnished. Unwavering.

 

Thanks for everything, Sir Alex.

 

 

Dan (@MUFC_dan87)

 

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. JB

    November 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Great tribute to the boss, he totally deserves it for all that he has done for the club. However the statue itself isn’t very good and looks nothing like him which is a major disappointment 🙁 .

  2. Shebz7

    November 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Nicely written ….glory remains. Untarnished. Unwavering 😉

  3. Owen

    November 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    MANCHESTER ALEX UNITED…..LEGEND

  4. tonymontanna4united

    November 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Most definitely deserves it, but the timing seems wrong imo. Sentimental stuff such as this, renaming the stand etc, is the sort of thing that should have been done after his retirement, not whilst hes still in charge here, and thats not me being bitter, or hating on fergie here before anyone calls it, i just dont like the timing is all.
    Give the man his statue or whatnot upon his farewell, not while still serving as manager.

    • The_Philosopher

      November 24, 2012 at 12:49 am

      @tonymontanna4united: Yeah what are we gonna honour him with when he steps down?

  5. Redrich

    November 24, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Seems like even the honoring of our manager, a man who has served us so well for the past three decades, can be contentious to some on here.
    Nitpicking the ins and outs of such an occasion is typical of what this blog has become.
    If you’ve said it already or are thinking about saying it, you should be ashamed of yourself!!
    Be gone you charlatans. Chelsea is your club, because with your help, they will change their manager once or twice a year, and you will feel satisfied that your online experience has produced revolutionary results. 🙄 🙄

    • Opti

      November 24, 2012 at 7:08 am

      @Redrich: ” your online experience has produced revolutionary results” — may be one of the best quotes I have every seen on RedRants.

  6. The_Philosopher

    November 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    A great debt of gratitude is owed to Sir Alex Ferguson.

    The winning culture he has instilled at the club is admirable.

    He has led our club to the highest heights of football. From relative obscurity to the best club in England and one of the world’s greatest clubs ever.

    The will to win and the refusal to be defeated. This have I observed in Sir Alex. And I hope to emulate him in my own endeavors. He is an exceptional human being and the consumate example.

    He is a leader and a mentor. A father and a friend.

    Only later when he finaly steps down will we realise how fortunate we were to have had so pertinacious a manager. Fiercly competitive his hunger for success is insatiable. How special we are to have a manager who’s will to win and who’s drive for excellence is embedded in the ethos of our club.

    We are the lucky few who know when we lose a title it is an inevitability that it will be won back once more and that right quick. When United lose a football match it rarely ever happens again. We are renowned for our ability to bounce back. In the modern game of football this is a distinguished boast.

    Oh the lavish life of a Manchester United supporter. They don’t flinch at three goal deficits because they know the grit and fighting spirit of Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges. They know even in the dying moments of a football match victory can be snatched from the jaws of certain defeat. They look forward to the new season for the next challenge. For more conquest.

    And when he’s gone his legacy will live on. There are those who fear our decline. But he has left an indelible mark. We will soldier on because his indomitable will is ingrained in our DNA.

  7. Jay wire

    November 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Hopefully today,we will be able to call on actual defenders and have Carrick back in midfield. Please no counter productive lineups. Fortunately we are facing the absolute worst of the worst in the league who only have 4 points. It would take a colossal screw up to lose or fail to win this one at home,especially given the confusion at QPR,plus the key players missing. One thing for sure is they will run like crazy and give 200%.So we need a very capable midfield in passing and energy. I’d go for Carrick and Anderson or even a trio with Cleverly. RvP and Welbeck upfront,with Rooney playing behind them. Young really is a wonderful frustration and Valencia seems incapable of playing anything but wide which makes us too predictable.

    • Moscow

      November 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      @Jay wire: I’d omit Welbeck from the line-up but agreed.

    • The_Philosopher

      November 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      I like that line up but it lacks width. The game could get bogged down in front of their defence.

      I love Van Persie’s versatility he can play behind the striker. He can go out wide and provide crosses. He can shoot. He can set up chances. Wonderful player.

      Him and Rooney are great together up front.

      Here’s one of my fantsay line ups:

      4-3-3 (like Chelsea do)

      RVP on the left up front. Rooney in the middle up front. Nani on the left up front.

      Cleverly left mid, Kagawa central mid, Anderson right mid.

      Evra,Vidic,Ferdinand,Rafael.

      Van Persie comes in from the left or the right alternating with Nani.

      Rooney plays as the linchpin of our attack.

      Kagawa plays centrally up and down with 3 quality target men to pass to upfront.

      Cleverly(or Carrick) and Anderson play as the deeper lying midfielders playing as quaterbacks and joining the attack as circumstances allow while providing cover for the back four. Cleverly backing up Evra, Anderson backing up Rafael in defense (I’m wondering if Anderson has the ‘stomach’ for tracking back like that)

      • AS

        November 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        @The_Philosopher: That formation wastes Kagawa, my fantasy line-up would be 4-3-2-1 De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Anderson, Cleverley, Rooney, Kagawa, RVP

  8. Moscow

    November 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Carrick not in the squad?!?!

    • AS

      November 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      @Moscow: A central midfield of Fletcher and Scholes, Granero will kill us…

      • Moscow

        November 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

        @AS: I think this is the new dream midfield. 🙄

      • The_Philosopher

        November 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        @AS: Fletcher actually played well. Maybe he will make a comeback.

        The introduction of Anderson and Chicha changed the pace of the game. Anderson’s runs were great and he really gave us some energy in the middle of the park that Scholes, Giggs, Carrick and Fletcher cannot do.

        Nick Powell! Lots of potential!

        • jos

          November 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          @The_Philosopher: Fletcher gave away ball too much. We should still play with Carrick only in that position. Fletch is not the same player and though he scored a goal, he was ordinary otherwise.

          I’d dispense with welbeck, play with mid three of anderson, cleverly and carrick and rvp, rooney and vally up front. young is pants and should not start. sit carrick behind the other two midfielders.

          great game from evans today though. once vidic is back we should see them two as our defensive bedrocks.

  9. RMJ

    November 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    oh boy…scholes is playing…….

  10. Moscow

    November 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Ashley Young: £17 million. Now that’s value!

    • The_Philosopher

      November 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Young is having a dip in form.

      But even when he’s in form do we really need him?

      Nani needs to get his place back on the left wing.

  11. Moscow

    November 24, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hernandez is our new Solkjaer. Shouldn’t be in the starting XI but when we need a goal he is the ultimate super-sub.

    • The_Philosopher

      November 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

      And he just keeps scoring every time he comes off the bench.

      Maybe he shouldn’t start.

      He really is a super-sub

    • Opti

      November 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

      @Moscow: haha. Just put on Chicharito after 10 minutes: sub 😀

  12. AS

    November 24, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Welbeck’s basic play is absolutely dire, literally league one standard

  13. AS

    November 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Anderson was the catalyst, he was actually able to carry the ball without losing it. Rooney has completely lost his ability to beat a man. Kagawa would have made the difference today, he is so much better than Rooney at playing behind the striker.

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