Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra felt a mixture of emotions after Sunday's 2-1 home victory over Swansea City.
The France international was ecstatic after United’s late winning goal courtesy Rio Ferdinand, but he also felt saddened by the news of the eventual departure of long-serving boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the season.
"Today was just amazing and special," Evra told MUTV. "I don't know if I'm celebrating or if I'm sad because the boss is leaving. It's a strange atmosphere and, I don't know, but I'm sad. I win the title but am sad actually."
"It was emotional for everyone - especially for the boss. He represents a lot for myself - I always say I was never scared of the boss but I was scared to disappoint him. He gave me a lot of things and I just said 'thank you' every time for what he has done for me."
It was oddly fitting that the winning goal came late in the trademark fashion that has typified Sir Alex’s reign over Old Trafford. The goal was not only was typical of Manchester United, but was also a testament of the never-say-die attitude instilled within the team by Sir Alex.
"It's just the destiny," he explained. "That's not luck now - it's the winning mentality and the Manchester United culture.
"We always score late goals - it's not luck any more for me, just Manchester United's culture.
"Now we are so happy we're champions. Of course when you win one, two, three, four or five. When I won the first one, I wanted to win more. We want to retain the trophy for next year. We'll make sure we have a good holiday but be back ready for next year as we have to win it again."
The 2-1 win against Swansea was Sir Alex’s last home game at Old Trafford and there was a fitting tribute given to the legendary manager by the Old Trafford faithful.
United’s goals in the 2-1 came courtesy of Javier Hernandez and Ferdinand. The manager will now take charge of Manchester United against West Brom at the Hawthorns next Sunday - his 1500th and final match in charge of the Red Devils.
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