A young Korean artist is to honour Sir Alex Ferguson, by building a statue of the retired boss out of chewing gum.
Life long United fan Wi Alex Pi, came up with the idea while when working on his dissertation at Manchester School of Art.
First, the artist contacted both the club and Sir Alex to ask their permission to make the statue and was amazed when they confirmed he could erect it outside Old Trafford.
Wi Alex, who was named after his idol, expressed his delight about the project.
He said: “I’ve been a fan of Manchester United all my life. The club and in particular Sir Alex have made a great impact in football, that I felt they should be honoured.
“I originally got the idea after watching a game and wondered what happened to all his gum and it stuck in my mind like a melted piece of Wrigley.”
When United and Fergie gave the go ahead to the tribute, Wi Alex started planning the task but soon realised he had bitten off more than he could chew.
The talented Korean revealed that the monument will be made from 14 tonnes of old gum and will be given a protective gloss to prevent wilting in the heat or the blowing of bubbles in the wind.
He said: “It would have taken me years to produce enough gum to create Sir Alex.
“So I decided to ask for contributions on social network sites and before I knew it I had donations from all over the world being sent to my student accommodation.”
In fact, even some celebrities have been joined the project by donating their second hand gunk.
Manchester United fans such as Mani from The Stone Roses and television presenter Eamonn Holmes have all given Wi Alex a piece of their old gum.
And, the precocious sculptor has insisted that fans are willing to go the extra mile to collect the required 14-tonnes.
He said: “Anyone wishing to help should look out for a dedicated group of supporters calling themselves ‘Manchewster United’ who’ll stand outside Old Trafford with collection buckets.
“We are particularly eager to get some Hubba Bubba Cherry Red gum to create Sir Alex’s nose.”