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Fergie Time: Manchester turns out to honour retiring manager on final victory parade

Published 13/05/2013|19:02

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Thousands of Manchester United fans painted the town red today to say farewell to legendary manager Alex Ferguson.

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Ferguson retires after Sunday but he was very much in charge of festivities as the team paraded the league trophy from Old Trafford into the centre of Manchester.

Sir Matt Busby Way, where the parade began, had to be closed as it reached its 20,000 capacity as rain that had belted down in the hours before the parade eased off.

The 71-year-old, who has led United to huge success over 26 years, took the microphone to address the United faithful gathered outside the Theatre of Dreams.

Speaking about the warm send-off he got at his last home game - a 2-1 win over Swansea - Ferguson said: "Yesterday was a day I will never forget. I thank you for that."

And he also took a final pop at Liverpool FC, urging United fans to turn out and support the club tomorrow for an Under-21 encounter between the two arch-rivals at Old Trafford.

"We play that mob across the road - I hope some of you cheer the young lads on."

Manchester United players celebrates the 2013 league title as they depart Old Trafford during the Barclays Premier League winners parade through Manchester
Manchester United players celebrates the 2013 league title as they depart Old Trafford during the Barclays Premier League winners parade through Manchester
Manchester United fans queue to enter Albert Square to view the closing ceremony of  the Barclays Premier League winners parade through Manchester
Manchester United fans queue to enter Albert Square to view the closing ceremony of the Barclays Premier League winners parade through Manchester
Manchester United fans queue to enter Albert Square to view the closing ceremony of  the Barclays Premier League winners parade through Manchester
Manchester United fans queue to enter Albert Square to view the closing ceremony of the Barclays Premier League winners parade through Manchester

As the players celebrated Ferguson's 13th league title and the club's 20th, the manager sang with them from the top of a double-decker emblazoned with the hashtag #ThankYou SirAlex

Ryan Giggs, who has played a part in virtually all the Scot's 38 trophies, said he was happy the boss was leaving with yet another piece of coveted silverware to his name.

"It has been tough, especially for the players who have known him for a long time," he said.

"We are delighted that we were able to end on a high and won the league in his last season."

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