Manchester United lifted the Premier League trophy at Old Trafford on Sunday, a week after clinching the title at Blackburn.
After a dramatic final day of the season Sir Alex Ferguson’s men got their hands on the trophy for the first time in two years. United finished nine points clear of nearest rivals Chelsea.
Having beaten Blackpool 4-2 – thanks to goals from Park Ji-Sung, Anderson, an Ian Evatt own goal and Michael Owen – Ferguson and his side lifted the trophy in front of their adoring fans, sparking wild scenes of celebration at the Theatre of Dreams.
Edwin van der Sar played his last game at Old Trafford and said after the game: ‘I want to thank the manager, he bought me six years ago, maybe a couple of years too late. I wish I’d done it [joined United] earlier.
‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The fans and the other players have been magnificent. I’ll always keep a warm place in my heart for Manchester United, the world’s biggest club.’
Van der Sar still has one more competitive match to play of course – the Champions League final against Barcelona. ‘See you next Saturday. Let’s get that trophy,’ he added.
Wayne Rooney has admitted Manchester United were flattered by the eventual size of their title triumph.
United finished nine points clear of runners-up Chelsea, their biggest margin of victory for more than a decade.
It hardly tells the whole story of an arduous campaign – if the Blues had won at Old Trafford three weeks ago, they would have gone top themselves.
It sounds easy but it wasn’t, nowhere near,’ said Rooney. ‘That Chelsea game was massive. If we had lost that game they would have been in the leading position. But we showed our true spirit to win after that, Chelsea’s season was over.’
Although United led through Park Ji-sung, once more they were forced to delve into their huge reserves of spirit to overcome a Blackpool side who were eventually condemned to the drop.
Anderson netted a second-half leveller before an Ian Evatt own goal put the champions in front at Old Trafford.
Michael Owen made it 4-2 and ensured United head into Saturday’s Champions League final confrontation with Barcelona at Wembley in confident mood.
‘You never get bored of celebrations like this,’ said Rooney. ‘This is what you play football to do, to win trophies and medals. The first half of the season was a bit of a write off for me but since the turn of the year I feel I have contributed.
‘We have won games and I have really enjoyed it. It has been a squad effort. The manager said last week there are 21 players who qualify for a medal, which shows how much we have used the squad and spread the games out amongst the players.’
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