12/05/2013 18:20, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Emotional day for players

"It means the world to me [winning the title]. I couldn't have wished for this year to be better, it's been amazing. Only in my wildest dreams could have imagined this. It was a really sad day [when we were told the manager was retiring]. Everyone understands it and everyone is thankful to him. It's a massive honour for me to work with him for a year. It's only a year but he's had a massive impact. The way he is in general as a person is incredible."
Robin van Persie

"It's been an emotional day for everyone. It was a strange feeling and it's been like that all week. It was a special, special day. Even in the changing room he tried to keep it as normal as possible but in the back of your mind you were thinking this is the last one. With the reception he got, it was amazing."
Michael Carrick

"Sir Alex just said play the game and not the occasion. He wanted to win the game, wanted it to be an entertaining game and for us to do the things which he has wanted us to as a manager. The memories of him that stick out are when I was younger. When I was 13 playing for Salford Boys and looking to the sidelines and there was Sir Alex Ferguson watching."
Ryan Giggs

"It's been incredible [working under Sir Alex Ferguson]. He's a fantastic manager. What he's done for me has been fantastic and I can't thank him enough."
Phil Jones

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