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22/11/2012 16:34, Report by Gemma Thompson
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United in praise

manager and I think the statue will be there forever. It’s a marvellous tribute. When we made the decision to go for him we didn’t in our wildest dreams ever, ever think that it would last as long as this. I won’t see his like again, I’m certain of that. We’re really lucky, and people are really envious of us. He was born to do this job and I’m so proud that I know him."
- Sir Bobby Charlton

"You can’t say that it [the statue] is not well deserved. The boss has probably got the best club manager’s record ever in the world for what he’s achieved and not just with Manchester United, look at the job he did at Aberdeen [as well]. He’s just got this recipe for success at club management and to be at a club like Manchester United for 26 years… to turn things around, keep rebuilding teams and winning the trophies, well, no wonder he’s got a stand named after him and now the statue. He deserves everything."
- Bryan Robson

"He’s been the biggest influence on my career so far. He was a father figure from a young age. He enjoys it more than ever. He’s got a team around him that he trusts and works so hard as well – they complement each other brilliantly. Like myself, he loves going out and training and being a part of that with all these young players. He loves coming out and watching and seeing the players develop, he just loves it! His enthusiasm is just as big as it was when I first met him and he’s still successful, so why stop?"
- Ryan Giggs

"To be at this club for so long is staggering. You would never believe it could happen. I’ve said before, United had Sir Matt Busby, now they’ve got somebody who’s replicated his longevity at the club and surpassed his success - you would just never believe it could be achieved. It’s really not something you can put into words, what Sir Alex Ferguson has done for the club. Not just that, it's the success he's had, the way he’s played, bringing through young players

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