Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he is still amazed by the reaction to Manchester United’s title triumph and his impending resignation as he prepared for his 1,500th and last-ever game in charge.
United travel to the Hawthorns to face West Brom on Sunday, before Ferguson steps aside for new man David Moyes.
But the veteran manager is looking forward to starting his busy retirement with happy memories of United’s victory parade – one he rates higher than when the club won the treble in 1999.
“It has been amazing,” he said.
“Sunday [the home game against Swansea] was amazing and the parade on Monday was unbelievable.
“I thought the scenes after the treble in 1999 couldn’t be beaten but I think Monday probably did.
“It is going to be a different life – I have had 40 years as a manager.”
While he often banned many from his press conferences, Ferguson was given an emotional send-off from journalists gathered at the club’s training ground.
The United boss insisted that while he often fell out with reporters, he never let it cloud his judgement for too long.
He was even given a cake honouring the length of time he has spent at Old Trafford – a reward Ferguson jokingly admitted was nothing less than right and proper for the veteran boss.
“It’s fully deserved,” he joked.
“There have been some times when I have not agreed with what people have written and when you write positive things I tend to dismiss them.
“But I have never held a grudge – it is not my style.”
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