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Manchester United were officially crowned Premier League champions at Old Trafford on Saturday with their 2-1 victory over Swansea and the triumph became a fitting farewell to an emotional Sir Alex Ferguson after his announcement last week that he will retire at the end of the season.
The 71-year-old boss addressed the jubilant home crowd. He said:
"Everyone at the club and you the fans have been the most fantastic experience of my life.”
“Thank you. I have been very fortunate to manage some of the greatest players in the country. These players have won the championship in fantastic fashion. Well done to them,“ he added.
"When we had bad times here, everyone stood by me and your job now is to stand by your new manager."
United’s players also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the gaffer.
Captain Nemanja Vidic said: "I think it is a special day, in one way we are happy to get the trophy but in another we are sad the manager is not here another year."
“It is phenomenal what he has achieved,” said veteran Rio Ferdinand.
“It speaks volumes about the type of man he is, and his desire to win, that he leaving the club behind in a healthy state."
Michael Carrick admitted: "It's been an emotional day for everyone. It was a strange feeling and it's been like that all week. It was a special, special day.”
Striker Robin van Persie added: "It's an unbelievable day but a sad one as well. I had the honour to work with him for one year and it's been an unbelievable year.
"He's made such an impact on me. He may be the greatest manager ever and he's such a nice person.”
The manager expressed his expectance of the fans to ‘get behind’ David Moyes who will replace Ferguson as United manager in his address to the crowd.
He also revealed his position on the news that Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request to the club, explaining of the transfer request:
"We have refused it. I think he should go away and think about it again. He wasn't happy about being brought off in games this season. Wayne Rooney in top form wouldn't be taken off."
"It's not my decision now,” he added.
He also revealed that Rooney, who didn’t feature in Saturday’s game, was not ‘keen’ to play.
"I don't think Wayne was keen to play, simply because he has asked for a transfer," he said.
As I write United’s open-top bus victory parade has already commenced at 6pm on the forecourt outside Old Trafford stadium.
The parade is expected to reach the city centre Albert Square at 730pm this evening, leaving Old Trafford via Sir Matt Busby Way at about 18:30 and will travel down Chester Road, taking in Deansgate and Lloyd Street.
Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has revealed he wants to stay at Old Trafford and is expected to sign a contract extension imminently.
Paul Scholes however announced his retirement with his typical humility and modesty.
“It’s not really been a hard decision,” Scholes said.
“I know it’s the right time. I’m totally convinced this is the right decision this time, I have gone as far as I can physically.”
In transfer news, new boss David Moyes in expected to start work at United this week. However, he will not rush Wayne Rooney into decisions over his future, according to reports.
Finally, there have been a number of sensational reports today that United are planning a ‘shock’ move for Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona, former Arsenal captain.
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