Sir Alex Ferguson planning personal tribute for close friend Sir Bobby Charlton

Sir Alex Ferguson will pen his own personal tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton in the coming days, following the passing of his close friend.

Fergie has remained silent while the tributes have flooded in for Charlton, who died last weekend at the age of 86. But the former Manchester United boss is still grieving the recent death of his wife Cathy, who passed away a fortnight ago.

It's understood Fergie, who will not be at Old Trafford for tonight's Champions League game with FC Copenhagen, has telephoned Charlton's family to offer his personal condolences. And he is preparing a public statement regarding the career and life of Charlton.

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United, meanwhile, will hold a minute's silence at Old Trafford tonight in honour of the club legend and World Cup winner. Both teams will wear black armbands and lay wreaths before kick off.

United, who also called for a minute's silence before Erik ten Hag's media conference at Carrington on Monday, will stage a minute's applause before the Manchester derby on Sunday.

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Charlton was a key member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad and helped United to their first European Cup two years later. Tributes immediately poured in for the 1966 Ballon d'Or winner from legendary figures across football following the announcement of his passing on Saturday.

Ex-England star Gary Lineker wrote: "Deeply saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has died. A truly wonderful footballer and genuinely lovely man. A World Cup winner, @ManUtd great and, for me, England’s greatest ever player. He may no longer be with us but he’ll have footballing immortality. RIP Sir Bobby."

United icon Gary Neville wrote: "So sorry to hear the news of Sir Bobby Charlton. The Greatest English Football player and Manchester United’s greatest ambassador. A champion on and off the pitch and a Busby Babe that paved the way for all to come at United. Rest In Peace Sir Bobby."

Former England skipper John Terry also paid tribute, describing Charlton as "a true great and a wonderful man" as well as a "legend". Similarly, Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher labelled him "an absolute gentleman", adding that he was "the greatest English player of all time".

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