Emotional Ferguson looks beyond 25th anniversary

Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated his 25th anniversary as manager of Manchester United with a 1-0 victory over Sunderland before admitting that he had been moved by the club's decision to name a stand in his honour.

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The North Stand, the largest of the four at Old Trafford, is now titled "The Sir Alex Ferguson Stand," while United chief executive David Gill also confirmed that a statue of the veteran Scottish manager will be unveiled there before the start of next season.

"I was really emotional. I couldn't believe and I didn't expect that," said Ferguson who was clearly moved when Gill revealed the tribute on the pitch before kick-off. "I have to thank the club for that because it is fantastic of them to do that. I am really proud of this moment.

"I never knew a thing about it. (Assistant manager) Mike Phelan knew about it and he never told me, so he's sacked. But I had absolutely no idea and neither had my family. I don't think they did anyway. I am glad it's all over, though. We can kick on now."

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