Retired Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his delight at the announcement that the Trafford Council has decided to unveil Sir Alex Ferguson Way. The Scot now joins the famed Sir Matt Busby in having a road around Old Trafford named after him, with Sir Matt Busby Way the main thoroughfare in front of Old Trafford’s famous East Stand facade. Sir Alex Ferguson Way will be opposite Busby’s equivalent, heading towards Salford Quays.
“I am delighted to accept this honour from Trafford Council,” Sir Alex said, according to Manchester United’s official website. “When I arrived at Old Trafford in 1986, I had little idea of the journey that awaited me.
“Over quarter of a century later, to receive the Freedom of the Borough of Trafford and to have a part of Trafford carrying my name is truly humbling.”
Ferguson’s mark on the club is surely already cemented into United’s culture, as the club also unveiled the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand two years ago. The North Stand, which is the largest stand in the Premier League, was renamed after Ferguson, and a statue was also erected in 2012. Ferguson’s legacy at the club will continue as he begins to embark on his new role as club ambassador, joining the likes of Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin, who both also enjoy their ambassadorial duties.
Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, may be paving his own path at Old Trafford, but he’ll be surrounded by memories of the famed Sir Alex Ferguson almost everywhere he goes.