Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson reflects on ‘wonderful’ farewell

Sir Alex Ferguson describes his Manchester United send-off as a "day I'll never forget" after he bid farewell to the Old Trafford faithful

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Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the 2012-13 Premier League trophy Photo: Back Page Images

Sir Alex Ferguson has described his Manchester United send-off as a “day I’ll never forget” after he bid farewell to the Old Trafford faithful on Sunday.

Ferguson oversaw a 2-1 victory over Swansea City in his final home game in charge of the Red Devils before his retirement at the end of the season.

The 71-year-old, who has led United to 38 trophies during his 26-year reign at United, will be succeeded by Everton boss David Moyes in the summer.

And Ferguson reflected on a “wonderful” day after his United side celebrated their 20th English league crown in front of their supporters.

“Yesterday was a day I’ll never forget and I thank you for that,” said Ferguson, speaking at United’s trophy parade in Manchester.

“It was wonderful to be there with all my family and I’ll never forget it. I’ve told my grandchildren it will live in their memory for many, many years.”

He continued: “I’m more pleased for you [the fans] than anything else. It’s fantastic to go through a 38-week programme of the Premier League and win it – and win it in style with a great bunch of players.”

Ferguson went on to back his youthful Manchester United squad to improve in the coming years – and then challenged them to emulate the achievement of winning the league title for three years running.

“It’s a young squad,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of good young players. They’re going to get better and the big test is to win it three times in a row as we’ve done before. I hope the boys can do that.”

Ferguson’s last competitive game in charge of United will be Sunday’s trip to West Bromwich Albion.

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