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Manchester Rocks With United's Celebration Parade

posted 13 May 2013, 14:44 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 13 May 2013, 14:45 ]

Fans turn out in force to celebrate Manchester United's 20th league title and to bid farewell for Alex Ferguson, who is retiring as club manager after more than 26 years of huge success.

 MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 13, 2013) (BBC/ITN HELICOPTER) - Thousands of Manchester United fans went out in the street on Monday (May 13) to celebrate the club's 20th title and to say farewell to legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sir Alex retires after the last game of the season Sunday (May 19) against West Bromwich Albion but he was very much in charge of festivities.

"This is a day I will never forget, wonderful, all my family, they will never forget it," he told the crowd who gave a rapturous welcome to the players.

Robin Van Persie was delighted to lift his first English Premier League trophy in England since moving to Manchester after eight years at Arsenal.

"This is a day I will never forget, wonderful, all my family, they will never forget it," the Dutchman told the crowd.

Players and staff left Old Trafford late afternoon on an open bus and paraded through the streets of Manchester packed with fans - some even on rooftops.

They finally arrived at Albert Square where the 75 year-old club legend Bobby Charlton joined the party as the square was painted in red.

Ryan Giggs, who has played a part in virtually all the Scot's 38 trophies, compared this season's achievement with the treble in 1999 when United won the league, the FA Cup and the Champions League.

"On behalf of the players I just want to say thanks for coming out and I thought I would never see anything like the treble again but I think this beats it," said 39 year-old who has yet to retire.

Paul Scholes, who grew up at the club together with Giggs, is finally retiring this season at the age of 38 and paid tribute to the United fans.

"It is just great to see this turnout. We are so proud to play for this club and to have such great fans it is just amazing."

The 71-year-old Ferguson, who has led United over 26 years, took the microphone again to thank for the amazing support.

"Absolutely fantastic, all of you thanks for the fantastic support. We are proud of you," Ferguson said.

He was then joined by club captain Nemanja Vidic to celebrate Sir Alex's 13th league title and the club's 20th.