Manchester United has commissioned world famous sculptor Philip Jackson to
create a statue of George Best, Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law - the Club's
three European Footballers of the Year.
The bronze statue, which will be life-size-and-a-half and will take around 18
months to complete, will allow fans and visitors to Old Trafford to pay tribute to
the achievements of one of the great eras in the Club's history. Philip Jackson
was the artist who created the statue of Sir Matt Busby situated at the East
Stand of Old Trafford.
The statue is the result of discussions which were accelerated by the untimely
death of George Best in November 2005 and forms part of wider plans to allow
the Club to recognise the many extraordinary contributions of great figures in its
Chief Executive David Gill said: "The Club has been looking at how to
commemorate its great figures for some time. Too often, we feel we have to wait
until our heroes have passed away to recognise their talent. So we are very
excited that this statue - by one of the world's most renowned sculptors - will
honour the efforts not only of George Best, whose death came tragically early in
his life, but also two of the game's finest forwards - Denis Law and Bobby
"Manchester United is proud of its heritage and we believe that this statue will be
evidence of that. The fact that it will be on Sir Matt Busby Way could not be more
Philip Jackson said: "I was delighted to be commissioned to create a statue
capable of commemorating the Club's achievements in one of its most glorious
eras. Having three European Footballers of the Year in the same forward line is a
cause for celebration and represents the most iconic image of that time."