HIS success at Manchester United has cemented his reputation as one of the greatest football managers of all time.

But Sir Alex Ferguson's extraordinary spell at his previous club, Aberdeen, is also moving centre stage.

Willie Young, Labour's candidate in the upcoming Aberdeen Donside by-election, is calling for the city to mark Fergie's achievements by erecting a statue in his honour, saying: "I think it would be a fitting tribute."

Ferguson, 71, last week announced he was retiring from management. During 26 years in charge at Old Trafford, the Govan-born legend won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles. At Pittodrie, Ferguson won three league championships, four Scottish cups and a League cup. He also led Aberdeen to victory in the 1983 Cup Winners' Cup against Real Madrid, and the Super Cup.

Young added: "His huge contribution to the city is definitely worth marking with a statue. Sir Alex put joy in people's lives with his achievements for the football club."