Manchester United have been granted the permission to build a statue in honour of Sir Alex Ferguson outside Old Trafford. It will be built outside the Sir Alex Ferguson stand, previously known as the North Stand.
As announced last year, Philip Jackson will build it. The MEN had revealed earlier this month that this was soon going to be built. However, the news was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Trafford council.
The statue will be like the statues of Sir Matt Busby, George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton. This statue is to be erected in three years and all its materials will be submitted for approval before being used.
As sketched by an artist, Sir Alex will be holding a ball under his right arm.
Mr. Jackson had previously sculptured the other statues outside Old Trafford. He is famous for his sculptures worldwide which include the statues of Mozart in London’s Belgravia and Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Geneva.
Philip Jackson feels honoured about the fact that he is to build Sir Alex’s statue.
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.”
Even though Sir Alex is known to be a hard-to-please man, he is ready for this sculpture.
He added: “He came down to see the clay sculpture and he seemed very pleased.”
A spokesman for Manchester United said: “We’re delighted and we’re sure this will add to the attractiveness of Old Trafford as a visitor attraction, as well as being as being an appropriate way to mark the manager’s 25th anniversary at the club.”