Sir Alex Ferguson gave an emotional speech at Old Trafford after his last home game as Manchester United’s manager ended in yet another victory for the 71-year-old Scot.
Goals from Rio Ferdinand and Javier Hernandez ensured Ferguson’s home reign as United’s manager would end on a high.
The United manager gave a moving speech on the Old Trafford pitch, thanking the fans for their support and encouraging them to back new manager David Moyes, next season.
The manager also made a special tribute to Paul Scholes, who will be retiring at the end of the season for a second time. Ferguson hailed the midfielder as one of the best players to have ever played for United, and wished Darren Fletcher recovery following his struggle with illness.
"I have absolutely no script in my mind. I'm just going to ramble on and hope I get to the core of what this football club means," Sir Alex said. "This is a thank you to Manchester United. Not just the directors, not just the medical staff, the coaching staff, the players and supporters. It's all of you. This has been the most fantastic experience of my life. Thank you.
"I have been very fortunate that I've been able to manage to some of the greatest players in the country, let alone Manchester United. And all these players today have represented this club the proper way. They won the championship in fantastic fashion. Well done to the players."
He went on to add that his retirement meant that he could enjoy watching his beloved club rather than “suffer with them”. The manager thanked the fans, players and the club for their belief in him during his years at United.
"My retirement does mean the end of my life with the club. I'll now be able to enjoy watching them, rather than suffer with them. But, if you think about it, those last-minute goals, the comebacks, even the defeats are all part of this great football club of ours ... so thank you for that," Ferguson continued.
"I'd also like to remind you that when we had bad times at the club, all the staff stood by me, all the players stood by me. Your [the supporters] job now is to stand by your new manager.
"Before I start blubbing, I just want to speak to Paul Scholes, who retires today. He is unbelievable. One of the greatest players we've ever had and ever will ever.
"I also want to wish Darren Fletcher a speedy recovery and return to the club.
"I wish the players every success in the future You know how good you are, you know the jersey you're wearing and you know what it means to everyone here [at Old Trafford]. Don't ever let yourselves down. The expectation is always there."
Ferguson was speaking before Manchester United's title presentation after securing their 13th Premier League title and their 20th league title in English football after narrowing missing out on last season's Premier League on goal difference despite being favourites for England’s top gong with a few games remaining.
United fans will be hoping that Moyes can continue Ferguson’s title-winning habit when he takes over in the summer despite not winning a trophy with Everton during his tenure.
One thing is for certain: no one will ever replace the greatest manager of all time.
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