"I've worked in Manchester ever since I was 15 but I'm a Geordie and I come from the North East and I am really proud about that.
"I'm really proud for my family and Manchester United. "
The 1966 World Cup player, who gained 106 caps for England, said his "work ethic" was the reason for his success in football. The motion for Sir Bobby to be made an honorary freeman was passed by the council in December.
Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "He's been a fantastic ambassador for the city. "Off the pitch, the former footballer helped with Manchester's Olympics bid and the Commonwealth Games. Sir Alex and some members of Manchester United are expected to attend the ceremony.