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Manchester United to name stand after Sir Bobby Charlton

  

Manchester United are to rename Old Trafford's South Stand in honour of their record goal-scorer Sir Bobby Charlton.

Club director Charlton, 78, joined United in 1953 and made 758 appearances, scoring 249 goals.

He said the renaming, which will take place before the game against Everton on 2 April, was a "great honour".

He added: "A player, a diplomat, a gentleman and a tireless worker for charity, he represents everything that is good about football and Manchester United."

Charlton, a member of the England team who beat West Germany in the 1966 World Cup final, won four league titles while at Old Trafford, also helping United to victory in the 1968 European Cup.

The retired midfielder was one of the survivors of the Munich air disaster, which killed eight of his team-mates in 1958.

Charlton added: "Manchester United has been such an important part of my life and I have so many wonderful memories of this Theatre of Dreams."

The South Stand, which contains the only remaining part of the original 1910 stadium infra­struc­ture, houses the directors' box.

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