From the Guardian
Sir Alex Ferguson, holding a flute of champagne and with a broad smile suffusing his face, celebrated his ninth championship with Manchester United last night by announcing that he planned to stay on at Old Trafford for several more years.
"I don't know how long exactly I'm going to last but I'm enjoying it and I'm going to carry on doing this job until I stop enjoying it," said the jubilant manager. "Why should I give up? It's easy to retire. I decided to retire a few years ago and I regretted it within days. I feel invigorated by the young players at our club. I feel invigorated when I see players such as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville turning out every week for me. That gives me the right vibes that I am at the right place. It has been a great season and the players here always give me hope."
"I went to see my grandson play in the morning because he had a cup final of his own," he said. "They won their league and we won our league, so it has been a great double. Then I went home and watched the racing on telly and when that was finished I had nothing to do but twiddling my thumbs, so I watched the last 15 minutes from the Emirates Stadium and I was in agony. I thought Arsenal were trying to throw it away. They kept giving the ball away and
Seven points behind with two games to play, the onus is now on
"In the last two years
As United's fans celebrated outside Old Trafford,
Tottenham always claim a year that ends in one is special; for Manchester United the figure is seven.
In 1957 the Busby Babes retained the championship and came achingly close to a treble, losing the European Cup semi-final and the FA Cup final; 1967 saw Matt Busby win the championship for the last time; a decade later under Tommy Docherty, they beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final to deny Anfield a treble of its own; 1997 saw a title retained and another European Cup semi-final. There is nothing much to say about 1987 except it marked Sir Alex Ferguson's first full year at Old Trafford. Twenty years later, he won his ninth and perhaps most remarkable Premiership title.
There was little sense of optimism before the season began with a dramatic 5-1 destruction of Fulham. Ruud van Nistelrooy had walked out of Old Trafford on the final day of the old season, Wayne Rooney was still feeling his way back from the metatarsal injury that blighted his World Cup and Louis Saha's fitness record meant he could not be relied on.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, who had underpinned so many trophies, were in their dotage in football terms. Because of the part Cristiano Ronaldo had played in Rooney's sending-off in
And yet from the moment they went into the interval at Old Trafford 4-1 up against Fulham, Manchester United played in a way that was wholly untypical of the