MANCHESTER UNITED F.C clinch 20th Premier League titles with emotional day despite the legendary boss, Sir Alex Ferguson is announced his retirement at the end of the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson ended with 38 trophies in 26 years reign at Old Trafford hotseat. It is an historic day for British football as Sir Alex Ferguson crosses the Old Trafford turf for the 723rd & final time to take his seat in the dugout. The traditional flourish of trumpets as the teams came out at Old Trafford sounded like we were saying goodbye to football royalty.
The giant ‘Sir Alex Ferguson’ stand simply spells out the world ‘CHAMPIONS’ in giant white letters as the man himself is visibly emotional. And there’s also a lovely hug from the mascot. I’m sure he’s chewing his gum faster than ever to help hold back the tears.
Manchester United players, staffs & Swansea City players give Sir Alex Ferguson a guard of honour when he entrance pitch at Old Trafford. A father, icon, legend & visionary all been state to him.. Thank You Sir Alex..!!
It’s always said that it’s best to quit when the ovation is loudest but not everybody knows how to do that. Well, the inimitable Sir Alex Ferguson certainly knows how to do that and so he did yesterday when he bowed out on a high note as he received an emotional farewell at Old Trafford.
The stadium was a flood of red flags which stated simply ‘Champions 2013’ –Manchester United having won the 2013 Premiership weeks earlier and playing the end-of-season game against Swansea as a matter of formality. Even so, the players made sure that Sir Alex –perhaps the world’s most successful football club coach – was sent off on a victorious note, beating the Swans 2-1.
When the final whistle came, Sir Alex was smiling broadly, then shaking the hands of backroom staff and fans as he strode on to the pitch.
Then came the long goodbye as the Scot gave his farewell speech, warning he was close to “blubbing” and describing his 26 years as boss as “the most fantastic experience of my life.”
Making a strong case for his successor, Everton’s David Moyes, Sir Alex said: “I would also like to remind you that when there were bad times here the club stood by me, all of my staff stood by me and the players stood by me. Your job now is to stand by our new manager.”
Fergie, dressed in a dark overcoat with a jumper zipped up to his neck, gave his speech, which he said was unscripted, with his left hand in his pocket.
“My retirement doesn’t mean the end of my time at the club. I will be joining you and suffering!” he said. “The last-minute goals, the comebacks and even the defeats are all part of this great, unbelievable club. It has been an unbelievable experience and I want to say thank you for that.”
The electronic board to show substitutions had cleverly been programmed to show 26 and 38 – 26 for Fergie’s years at the club, 38 for his trophies, 13 of them the Premier League one which was presented following his speech. In a moment that might as well live forever in football history, 71 years old Sir Fergie, all smiles and gumchewing as he is famously known to do, did a jig with his players as he lifted the trophy after the game.
And thus ended the Fergie era. When next season blasts off in August, it will be David Moyes, not Fergie, who’ll be in charge. The good old Fergie who is now a Manchester United Director and Ambassador, will only be watching from the stands, less the stifling tension associated with coaching.
CHAMPIONS 20¦13 PARADE
Sir Alex Ferguson’s final title parade saw Manchester United fans turn out in their thousands as the team bus took to the streets of the City to celebrate winning the 13th Premier League title.
Absolute party atmosphere as the bus arrives in Albert Square. The players jump up and down on the bus singing ‘Champeones’ as The Courteeners continue to provide the entertainment on stage.
United bus has arrived at Deansgate to swarms of spectators. It is rather late admittedly having been due at Albert Square 10 minutes ago. But, then again, the driver has probably been briefed to wait for Fergie time before delivering the goods.
Farewell to Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson.. THE END of FERGIE TIME..!!
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