14/10/2013 14:47, Report by Nick Coppack
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Sir Alex's new road

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson unveiled a road sign named in his honour on Monday afternoon.

The 71-year-old, who led United for 26 years before retiring in May, also received the Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony at the council chambers.

As part of the celebrations, Water’s Reach road was renamed Sir Alex Ferguson Way, and the manager unveiled the new sign in front of family, friends, fans and media on Monday afternoon.

Before doing the honours, Sir Alex addressed the gathered crowd:

“It's a privilege and an honour to have a road named after me. You don't expect these things in life,” he said.

“It encapsulates probably the last 26 years – coming to the great club, the history of it. It's been an incredible journey for me, ending today for me to unveil this road sign: Sir Alex Ferguson Way. 

“I'm really proud of that and I'm proud of everyone who has been associated with the club.

“I'd like to thank Manchester United for inviting me down here, 26 years ago. It was a fantastic elevation in my life and a challenge that I accepted. And we are where we are

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