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Sir Alex Ferguson hails the celebrations in the city streets as even more exceptional than those following his famous treble as Red Devils fans come out in force

With legions of Manchester United fans turning out for a bus parade in honour of their Premier League triumph, manager Sir Alex Ferguson opined that the celebrations were even more spectacular than those following their incredible treble in 1998-99.

Addressing the gathered supporters through a microphone, the retiring boss expressed his hope that there would be many more such occasions in the future as David Moyes takes over in the summer.

PHIL JONES
"It's a special day for me, my first one but hopefully first of many. I'm going to enjoy it massively; this is what you dream of. Incredible day, great for my family, something I'll never forget"
"I thought that 1999 couldn't be beaten but you've beaten it today," Ferguson declared, "absolutely fantastic. Thank you for your fantastic support, we're proud of you and the players, a magnificent bunch of lads, and I hope we get to witness this many times again. Well done.

"This is fantastic, I'm more pleased for you than anything else. To go through a 38-week programme of [Premier League football] and win it in style with a great bunch of players was great.

RYAN GIGGS
"In 1999, that was my greatest memory - turning down Deansgate and not being able to see anything but fans. Yesterday with the fans with all their flags out ... I've never seen Old Trafford like that"
"It is a young squad with a lot of good young players and they will get better. The big test will be to win it three times in a row.

Of Sunday's emotional scenes at Old Trafford for his final home match in charge, the Scot added: "It is a day I will never forget. It was wonderful. Thank you. It was something all my family enjoyed and the grandkids will never forget it."

Wayne Rooney, who was confirmed by Ferguson to have submitted a transfer request, was booed by sections of the assembled fans but paid tribute to the players' reception and the outgoing boss.

CHRIS SMALLING
"Every day the fans are here and there's a great turnout today. It's a great feeling to win the title and it will stick with me forever"
"It's great for the players to see the support they have," he enthused to MUTV. "[Ferguson] has been great for us all. He's a great manager, he's succesful, he's a winner."

"It's been tough after the Aston Villa game, where we won the title, getting yourself up for the games but yesterday and today we get a chance to celebrate a great season," said veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs.

"With the news the manager is leaving, it's been hard and tough, especially for the players who have known him for a long time. But I'm happy we could end the season on a high and win him the league."

PAUL SCHOLES
"It means everything. We set out each year to try and win the league and most years we do it. It's just great to see the turnout. We're so proud to play for this club and such great fans, it's amazing"
Jonny Evans, celebrating his third Premier League title with the club, shared a smile with a reporter from MUTV when asked what he would be doing during the off-season.

"I'm getting married to you in just over three weeks," the defender told his fiancee, before adding of how this year's triumph compares to those past: "They're always up there, you have to enjoy them. I don't think it's different to any other season. Being successful is what it's all about."

Questioned on how he was taking the news of Ferguson's retirement, Evans observed: "It's emotional for everyone - I don't think it's kicked in. We're probably taking it for granted because we'll be working with him for the next week but we'll see in the summer."

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