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22/11/2012 08:47

Papers: Sir Alex revered

David McDonnell writes in the Mirror...

Monumental! The great, the good, and Tony Blair hail Sir Alex
Tributes have been paid to Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of the unveiling of a statue of the Manchester United boss at Old Trafford on Friday. The bronze statue will be unveiled at the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand - formerly the North Stand - and ahead of the ceremony, United stars past and present, as well as former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, have paid tribute to the Old Trafford boss. United veteran Paul Scholes said: "He's been brilliant for every single player that's worked for him." Former PM and Labour leader Tony Blair, who got to know Ferguson through the United manager's links to the party, paid a glowing tribute to the 70-year-old boss. "He’s one of these people that has a strength of character that immediately marks him out as a leader of people. He's a great competitor but he's also got huge integrity, to himself and to what he believes in."

The Daily Telegraph reports that ex-Red Roy Keane is one of the invitees for the statue unveiling.

Phil Jones is glad he's back playing. He says in The Sun: "I'm sick and tired of watching the lads on TV when I have been injured. It is great to be back. Hopefully I can stake a claim to get back into the team."

After Roberto Di Matteo's dismissal as Chelsea boss, Rio Ferdinand can't understand why managers aren't given more time in the job. The Sun reports on his comments on twitter: "It's madness. The stability at our club is something our manager rarely gets praise for - don't understand that."

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