Manchester United managerial legend Sir Alex Ferguson was honoured on Monday afternoon by being granted the freedom of the local borough of Trafford, not only that but having a road leading up to Old Trafford officially renamed to ‘Sir Alex Ferguson Way’ after the man himself.
It was this time last month that the local Trafford Council announced that Sir Alex Ferguson would be recognised for achievements at Manchester United after 26 years of management, winning 38 trophies during his time at the club.
Two events to honour the legend had taken place on Monday, first of all at the Manchester Town Hall where the former reds boss was granted ‘Freeman of Trafford’ before heading over to Old Trafford, where former road Waters Reach was officially renamed ‘Sir Alex Ferguson Way’
Speaking at the Manchester Town Hall, Sir Alex Ferguson said:
“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 now.
“We’ve got a fantastic set-up, great staff, wonderful people and there’s only one way and that a lot of our young fans don’t remember that there were bad days. Dealing with bad days is what we’re good at. This club will always go on.
“We’ve got a fantastic set-up, great staff, wonderful people and there’s only one way and that’s up for Manchester United.
“I thank everybody for being here – all my friends, all my family and my wife, the boss! She picked all the winning teams, by the way.
“Thanks for coming here, Thanks for the mayor and Trafford Borough for this fantastic honour and the day we’ve had today at the Town Hall. It’s been absolutely brilliant.