"I knew nothing about this. My family knew nothing about it. Mick Phelan knew about it, but he didn't tell me. He's sacked. He's out the door!"

- Sir Alex Ferguson, talking to MUTV, after the surprise renaming of the North Stand

05/11/2011 17:39, Report by A Bostock & S Bibby

Video: Surprise, Sir Alex

Sir Alex Ferguson thought he knew what to expect when he walked out at Old Trafford on Saturday 5 November - a day before the 25th anniversary of his appointment.

A guard of honour formed by the United and Sunderland teams? Check. A few words and a quick presentation from David Gill? Check. A stand named after him? Hang on...

Cameras captured the emotional scenes for posterity and you can now watch the video here for free, courtesy of MUTV.

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