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Jonny Evans turns red as fiancée puts him on the spot

Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans, pictured, was shocked when he heard of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement
Jonny Evans has won three Premier League titles at Manchester United

By Simon Stone

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans was embarrassed by his pretty fiancée on the Red Devils' title winning bus parade through Manchester last night.

Co Antrim girl Helen McConnell, a reporter for United's in-house television channel MUTV, was tasked with asking the players questions on the bus.

When she came to Evans she cheekily asked: "Are you going to have a good summer?"

With a huge grin on his face, Evans replied: "Yes! I am getting married to you, Helen."

Newtownabbey lad Evans, who will wed Helen at Clough Presbyterian Church on June 1, was part of the huge celebrations that took over Manchester city centre.

His outgoing boss Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged him and his fellow Premier League title winners to make it a hat-trick in the next two seasons.

Ferguson retires after Sunday's trip to West Brom but he was very much in charge for last night's trophy parade from Old Trafford into the centre of Manchester.

The 71-year-old spoke to the thousands who gathered to watch the bus leave, setting his players a challenge they last achieved between 2007 and 2009.

"We have a young squad, with a lot of good young players, who are going to get better," he said.

"The big test is to win it three times in a row.

"I hope the boys can do it."

Ferguson thanked the fans for the reception they gave him during the 2-1 win over Swansea, his final game at Old Trafford.

"Yesterday was a day I will never forget," he said. "I thank you for that."

Ferguson also urged supporters to turn up for today's Under-21 encounter with Liverpool at Old Trafford. He said: "We play that mob across the road. I hope some of you cheer the young lads on."

Sir Matt Busby Way had to be closed as it reached its 20,000 capacity as the awful rain that belted down in the hours prior to the parade eased off.

Indeed, blue sky appeared for the send off, with Rio Ferdinand and Ashley Young leading the singing, including a tribute for Robin van Persie.

"It feels amazing. It has been an unbelievable experience. It has been worth the wait. I have loved every single bit," said the Dutchman, who is also virtually certain to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

Wayne Rooney was also on the bus. However, he was not asked by MUTV to do any interviews and he endured a mixed reception from the fans.

Even Ferguson joined in the singing from the bus. And Ryan Giggs, who has played a part in virtually all the Scot's 38 trophies, was delighted United managed to provide a fitting send-off.

"It has been tough, especially for the players who have known him for a long time," said Giggs.

"We are delighted that we were able to end on a high and won the league in his last season."

Van Persie clearly relished his first experience of being a league champion and claimed he had not removed his medal since yesterday's ceremony.

He said: "It is incredible, much nicer than I expected. The medal hasn't left my neck since."

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