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Departing boss to address fans at victory parade

MANCHESTER UNITED'S Premier League trophy parade will begin at Old Trafford on Monday before reaching its conclusion in Albert Square later in the evening.

Retiring manager Alex Ferguson and his players will attend a send-off event at Old Trafford at 6.0, with United legend Ferguson due to address the crowd prior to departure.

Their open-topped bus is due to leave at 6.30, with the event due to finish at 8.0, after the squad have made their way into the city.

It is anticipated significantly more people will attend than those who braved heavy rain to acclaim United's record 19th title two years ago.

Club chief executive David Gill said: "Winning a 20th league title is a huge achievement for the club and we are excited to be able to share this special moment with our fans.

"The support from the fans has been incredible this season and we're looking forward to celebrating with them during the trophy parade."

Former United striker Dwight Yorke, who played under Ferguson between 1998 and 2002 and was part of the 1999 treble-winning side, feels a combination of factors led the Scot to call it a day at the age of 71.

"I've seen Alex Ferguson on Monday at a charity game," the former Trinidad and Tobago international said.

"He was in good spirits but the rumours were really strong around the place that he was going to retire and there was a big announcement supposed to be happening tomorrow and not today.

"I think probably the fact of the club floating on the stock market meant this decision needed to come out very quickly. But the people within the football club knew this was likely to happen this season. And I think with his hip replacement (booked in for late July), with David Gill going as well, that sort of pushed him to say 'this might be the best time for me to retire'."

Yorke expects there to be a strange atmosphere in the immediate wake of Ferguson's departure from the helm.

"He's been such a focal point at the football club," he said. "He's taken Manchester United to the level they are at right now."


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