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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

John Giles

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Michael Steele

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Manchester United draw with Blackburn Rovers and lift their 19th league title

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Wayne Rooney admitted to being "terrified" before he took the penalty that won Manchester United their 19th league title this afternoon.

Needing just a point to clinch the prize at Blackburn, United trailed to Brett Emerton's first-half goal before Rooney levelled from the spot.

"I was terrified, the ref took a long time to give it," Rooney told Sky Sports 2 afterwards.

"I had to compose myself, I'd been practising all week."

Making reference to his transfer request and contract dispute earlier in the season, Rooney added: "After the year I've had, with the ups and downs, this is for the fans and the team."

United's 19th title is one more than Liverpool, and former Everton striker Rooney said: "For me personally, being an Everton fan, to win a 19th title is special."

Ryan Giggs, winning his 12th title, said: "It's a tough league to win and it's still as special as ever.

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"We have the desire and it's a pleasure to play in this team. We want to win trophies."

Asked if he was concerned with the criticism that United's current team does not compare to others in their history, Giggs added: "We're champions and in the Champions League. We're rubbish aren't we?

"Twenty years ago we were nowhere near Liverpool. It's great credit to the club, the manager and the players and it's a good feeling to be ahead of our greatest rivals.

Twenty-two goal striker Dimitar Berbatov, out of the side in recent weeks, said: "A second title for me is great. I scored many goals this season and helped the team win it. I'm still the leading goalscorer."

United great Gary Neville, now working in the media following his retirement earlier in the season, said: "These are the moments you live for. They will have the best night of their lives."


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