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United players want Sir Alex to be presented with Premier League trophy

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By James McLean

Saturday 11 May 2013

Man United players want retiring manager Sir Alex Ferguson to be the one presented with the Premeir League trophy after his final home game in charge against Swansea on Sunday, reports The Mirror.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Traditionally, the team captain – in this case Nemanja Vidic – is presented with the illustrious trophy, but it is believed the Serb is prepared to forego this tradition and allow Sir Alex to be awarded with his final Premier League trophy.

The plan would be for the players to receive their medals, and Sir Alex to go last to receive his and then lift the Premier League trophy in a fitting farewell to the man who has managed the club for 27 years.

United and Swansea players are expected to form a guard of honour for Ferguson, who has been the most successful manager in English football history.

Tickets for the match against Swansea are thought to be changing hands for up to £2k per ticket, with Red Devils fans desperate to be there for Ferguson’s historic swansong in front of the supporters who adore him.

The match could also be set to see Paul Scholes play his last game at Old Trafford, making the occasion about as emotional as any modern game for supporters of the club.

Robin van Persie, meanwhile, took the time to pay tribute to the manager who has helped him realise his dream of winning the Premier League.

Van Persie arrived at Old Trafford for £24m from Arsenal last summer, and at the age of 29 has just won his first Premier League winners’ medal.

He said: “I’m sad to hear that the manager is retiring. But I’m really happy I’ve had the opportunity and the honour to work with him.

“He’s a great manager and, above all, an even greater person. I have to thank him for an amazing year and for making my dream come true by winning the league.”

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