Sir Alex Ferguson returned to Aberdeen today, the club he managed for eight years before joining Manchester United, to unveil a statue the club have commissioned for him. He received a standing ovation upon returning to Pittodrie in recognition of the success he had at the Scottish club.

Ferguson won three league titles with Aberdeen, ending the monopoly that Rangers and Celtic had on the league, as well as beating Real Madrid to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, claiming five domestic cups, as well as the European Super Cup.

Plans for the statue were put in place last July

Chairman Dave Cormack said: “Sir Alex’s contribution to the club was immense and it’s fitting that we honour him in this way. His arrival at Pittodrie heralded the start of the most successful period in the club’s history and put Aberdeen firmly on the football map of Europe.”

Sir Alex said: “I am thrilled and honoured by this recognition from Aberdeen Football Club, where I spent a fantastic and memorable part of my managerial career.”