Sir Alex Ferguson today celebrates 26 years as Manchester United manager, and the club has finally confirmed a bronze statue of the Scot will be unveiled before the Queens Park Rangers match later this month.

Former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy had already confirmed on Twitter he would be in attendance for the ceremony on 23 November. Last Year Old Trafford's north stand was renamed the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand as 70-year-old Ferguson celebrated his silver jubilee at the club.

Ruud van Nistelrooy
23&24 november I will be at old trafford for the unveiling of sir Alex Fergusons statue and the game against Q.P.R. ...

Statues of Sir Matt Busby and the club's Holy Trinity - Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and George Best - stand outside the Theatre of Dreams' old Scoreboard End while Law has another statue of himself inside the second tier of the Stretford End.

A club statement said:

"As Sir Alex Ferguson celebrates 26 years in charge of Manchester United, the club can announce that the statue of Britain's most successful manager will be unveiled at Old Trafford on Friday, 23 November, at 2pm.

"The unveiling will take place the day before United's match with Queen's Park Rangers, the opponents of Sir Alex's first home match in charge at Old Trafford on 22nd November 1986. Key figures from the manager's time at United will be in attendance to share the occasion. The statue was commissioned to mark the manager's quarter of a century in charge of Manchester United.

"The statue, by renowned sculptor Philip Jackson, will be positioned in a prominent position near the entrance to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, renamed in his honour last year. The club will also be unveiling new artwork and installations in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand concourses which illustrate the manager's achievements throughout his United career."

Ferguson has steered United to 12 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions Leagues, a European Cup Winners' Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a Club World Cup during his tenure at the club.

Here's 26 pictures from Ferguson's 26 years at United...

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  • Arriving

  • With former chairman Martin Edwards

  • His first home match

  • Gordon Strachan, having left Aberdeen to get away from Ferguson, doesn't look as chuffed as Jim Leighton

  • The first of many

  • Winning in Europe

  • The first title

  • The second title, shared with Brian Kidd

  • The Double

  • The Double Double

  • The price of beating Liverpool in a cup final

  • With Steve McClaren

  • The first part of the Treble conquered

  • The apple in his eye

  • With Carlos Queiroz

  • With his greatest captain

  • Relief in victory over Chelsea, 2005

  • Savouring the Everton comeback, 2007

  • Jumping for 17

  • Two times

  • World champions twice

  • Tainted love over the Glazers

  • Nineteen

  • Venting his spleen

  • Fergie's Fledglings

  • Treated to a 'Happy birthday' chorus as he hits 70