12/11/2009 10:00, Report by Nick Coppack
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Riley's Red collection

Salford-born artist Harold Riley unveiled his new collection of Manchester United portraits on Wednesday night at an exclusive Old Trafford event.

Guests included former Reds Denis Law, Jack Crompton and Willie Morgan, while Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall was also in attendance.

Sir Alex, one of 12 figures Rliey has committed to canvas, joined the artist onstage for an enlightening Q&A session. He joked that Riley had made him appear "much more attractive".

The first pair of fine art prints – Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby – are on sale now at the stadium's Megastore. They can also be purchased online at

Two new prints will be released in December and then every two months thereafter. They will feature the following 10 players: Duncan Edwards, Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Law, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. The posters are limited edition and personally signed by the artist.

"In my collection, I've chosen managers and players I've seen, photographed and drawn from the touchline," Riley says.

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Painted Reds

'A Manchester United Collection' is the new set of portraits by renowned artist and lifelong supporter Harold Riley. (Click the pic above to view them all).

Limited edition posters of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, signed by Riley, went on sale at the Old Trafford Megastore on Thursday 12 November.

Future releases will follow on 3 December 2009 (Edwards and Charlton), 4 February (Best and Law), 1 April (Robson and Cantona), 3 June (Giggs and Scholes) and 5 August 2010 (Rooney and Ronaldo).

The posters can be purchased online from


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