“Thank you to Manchester United, not just the directors, coaching staff, medical staff, the players, the fans, all of you - you have been the most fantastic experience of my life, so thank you.
“I’ve been very fortunate. I have been able to manage some of the greatest players in the country, let alone Manchester United.
“All the players here today have represented this club the proper way. They won the championship in a fantastic fashion, so well done to the players.
“My retirement doesn’t mean the end of my time at the club. I’ll now be able to enjoy watching them, rather than suffer with them.
“But, if you think about it, the last-minute goals, the comebacks, even the defeats, are all part of this great football club of ours. It’s been an unbelievable experience for all of us, so thank you for that.
“I’d also like to remind you that when I had bad times here the club stood by me. All my staff stood by me, the players stood by me, you stood by me, and your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important.
“Before I start blubbing, I just want to pay tribute to Paul Scholes, who retires today. He has been unbelievable, one of the greatest players this club has had and will ever have. I wish him a happy retirement. I would also like to say a little word wishing Darren Fletcher a speedy return to our club.
“To the players, I wish them every success in the future. You know how good you are, you know the jersey you are wearing, you know what it means to everyone here and don’t ever let yourselves down.
“The expectation is always there, so I’m going inside now for a while, but before I go I’d like to say thank you from the whole Ferguson family - and all 11 grandchildren! Thank you.”