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Published: 11:32 | 15/2/16

United confirm Charlton honour

Old Trafford's South Stand is to be named after former Manchester United player Sir Bobby Charlton.

Charlton joined United as an apprentice in 1953 and made his debut in October 1956, going on to make 758 appearances for the club, scoring 249 goals.

During his time at the club, Charlton won three First Division titles, one FA Cup and the 1968 European Cup, while he won the 1966 World Cup with England.

Now a director at United, Charlton has spoken of his honour at having the South Stand named after him.

"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," he told the club's official website.

“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.”

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: "Bobby is, quite simply, the most iconic figure in English football history. A player, a diplomat, a gentleman and a tireless worker for charity, he represents everything that is good about football and Manchester United.

"It has been a privilege to know him and humbling to work alongside him for the last 10 years. Renaming the South Stand, which contains both the Directors' Box and the old players' changing rooms, is a fitting tribute to all that Bobby has contributed to the club both as a player and a director."

The unveiling of the new name will take place at the home game against Everton on April 2.

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