The out-going manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has challenged the team to win a hat-trick of titles, as he addressed the thousands of supporters during the club's open-top bus victory parade.

The Scot, who won three titles in a row with Manchester United on two seperate occasions during the Premier League era, spoke to the crowd at Old Trafford about the team he is leaving behind, referring to his players as “young and talented”, before challenging them to retain their title next season.

Manchester United won three titles in a row between 1999 and 2001, and again between 2007/09 under Ferguson with highly-talented squads. But the departing legend believes that this current crop of talent have what it takes to emulate those great teams.

"We have a young squad a with a lot of good young players, who are going to get better. The big test is to win it three times in a row. I hope the boys can do it," he said.

Last season Manchester United lost the title to arch rivals Manchester City on goal difference, but this season they made amends and secured the title with a huge points difference - whilst they're currently 10 points ahead of their 'noisy neighbours' going into the final day of the season.

France international full-back Patrice Evra also talked about his feelings after the title triumph, praising the squad for bouncing back so emphatically to reclaim their title.

He said: "It was great to get over the line and a hugely proud moment. "We bounced back straight away to win the trophy back, that's what we do at Manchester United."


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