Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 14th 2013 Contents MANCHESTER---Tens of thousands
of Manchester United fans lined the
streets yesterday to celebrate their
team s 20th English league title and
catch another glimpse of manager
Alex Ferguson before he retires.
Jubilant United players were spend-
ing a second day with the Premier
League trophy after lifting it Sunday
following the 2--1 win over Swansea---
Ferguson s final game at Old Trafford
after nearly 27 years in charge.
A custom-designed, open-top bus
bearing a "Champions 2013" logo set
off from the stadium under overcast
skies and wound its way through the
packed streets in a parade that will
last more than an hour before arriving
at Albert Square in the centre of the
"Yesterday was a day I ll never for-
get," said Ferguson, who waved a
United flag in front of supporters
before the bus departed. "All my fam-
ily will never forget.
"On behalf of all my players, thanks
for all your support."
Wayne Rooney, who has had a
transfer request rejected by United,
joined his teammates on the top deck,
with defender Rio Ferdinand leading
the chanting among players who were
jumping up and down.
"It feels absolutely amazing...it s
been worth the wait," said Robin van
Persie, the striker and top scorer who
won the title in his first season with
United and was serenaded by team-
mates. "I ve had to wait quite a long
Ferguson s last game in charge is
on Sunday against West Bromwich
Albion and it promises to be a week-
long celebration in honour of Britain s
most successful manager, who has
won 38 trophies for United since join-
ing the club in 1986.
Hours before the parade began, the
city centre was awash in red with
fans draped in United flags singing
songs and blaring hooters. Car drivers
honked their horns as scarf- and flag-
sellers did a roaring trade on the
Deansgate thoroughfare where the
bus will make its way down.
Dozens of supporters scrambled
up scaffolding adjacent to a building
to get a better view, and businessmen
poured out of offices to join the cel-
The celebrations started early for
Ferdinand, who posted a picture on
Twitter of him and some teammates
sitting in the corner of a local pub.
Ferdinand had also been partying on
Sunday night, tweeting at 3 am yes-
terday: "Just rolling in the front door!
Decent night out celebrating that
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Fans celebrate United's
title win during parade LONDON---As Manchester Unit-
ed undergoes a smooth handover
of power, Manchester City
appears to be in disarray.
City manager Roberto Mancini
has publicly expressed anger that
the club is not disputing reports
that Malaga coach Manuel Pelle-
grini has been lined up to replace
For his part, Pellegrini is only
denying that a deal is in place,
leaving open the possibility that
he could be headed to the Premier
"I deny that as of today I am
the new coach of Manchester City,"
Pellegrini said. "I have not signed
any agreement with anyone."
The public silence from City,
though, is speaking volumes.
City chairman Khaldoon al
Mubarak and his board members
have not made a public statement
supporting Mancini as the club s
season has imploded.
And Mancini was visibly frus-
trated this weekend that the direc-
tors have decided not to shut down
the reports that Pellegrini will
replace him after almost four years
"This problem has come out
because we didn t stop all these
things that you wrote for six
months," Mancini told reporters in
the wake of Saturday s FA Cup final
loss to Wigan. "It s been too much.
I don t understand why."
Mancini is the manager who
ended City s 35-year drought tro-
phy by winning the FA Cup in 2011,
and then delivered the team s first
English title in 44 years last May.
City, though, only won the Pre-
mier League on goal difference after
scoring twice in the final moments
against Queens Park Rangers.
QPR s London ground was being
used by Mancini to train his team
ahead of Tuesday s penultimate
league match at Reading.
By City s standards, before being
bought by Sheikh Mansour in
2008, finishing second in the league
this month would have been a
But a team that has benefited
from around $1 billion of Abu Dhabi
investment in five years has failed
to build on its position of strength.
The Premier League trophy was
conceded to Manchester United
with four games to go, giving man-
ager Alex Ferguson the perfect
retirement gift before handing over
to David Moyes. And City has not
established itself as a forced in
Europe, exiting the Champions
League at the group stage for the
second straight season.
The FA Cup gave City a chance
to end the season with a trophy
but relegation-threatened Wigan
won the final 1--0 on Saturday.
It shouldn t take long to see who
will manage the team next season.
And, for Mancini, history is
The Italian exited Inter Milan in
2008 after three successive title
wins after discovering he faced
being fired in a newspaper.
But Mancini also replaced Mark
Hughes at City in 2009 under
blurred circumstances. Mancini
was forced to concede he had met
City about the job two weeks before
Hughes was fired---a move that
enraged fans at the time.
However muddled his departure
is proving to be, Mancini will always
be the manager who ended the
club s long-wait for silverware. (AP)
With infighting at City,
Mancini's future in doubt
Manchester United's Alex Ferguson, right, lifts the Premier League trophy
with Patrice Evra, left, during their premiership trophy parade, after winning
the English Premier League, in Manchester, England, yesterday. Manager
Alex Ferguson has retired after more than 26 years in charge at the club.
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