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Manchester United to Rename Stand After Sir Bobby Charlton

Manchester United to Rename Stand After Sir Bobby Charlton

Manchester United will rename their South Stand at Old Trafford to the Sir Bobby Charlton stand.

In an amazing gesture from the club, the United legend will be honoured 60 years after making his debut in October 1956.

The existing South Stand is the only part of Old Trafford which contains an original part of the 1910 stadium infrastructure and it’s only right that both iconic parts of the club’s history are combined.

United have announced that the official unveiling of the new name will take place on April 2 when Louis van Gaal’s side take on Everton in the English Premier League.

As expected, Charlton is honoured at the tribute from the club and he said, via manutd.com: “This is a great honour and I am very proud – for myself and my family – that the club has chosen to name the South Stand after me.

“Manchester United has been such an important part of my life and I have so many wonderful memories of this Theatre of Dreams. As a player, I remember the goals and the marvellous players I played with. As a director, I have seen some outstanding matches and players. It is a special place indeed.

“I would like to thank everyone connected with Manchester United. So many people work so hard to keep us at the top; their effort should never be forgotten. But most of all, I would like to thank Norma, my wonderful wife, and my family for the support and encouragement they have always provided. This is for them.”

Charlton is arguably United’s most decorated player having made 758 appearances for the club, scoring 249 goals and helping them to three league titles, one FA Cup and a European Cup.

He’ll be joined by some former great players and managers on his big day in April and it’s sure to be a memorable occasion for all those involved in the tribute to a true Old Trafford legend.

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