Alex Ferguson has said the number of last-minute goals Manchester United have scored has been the key to their 19th title win.
Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Everton meant United cruised home by an impressive nine points, which will go some way to silencing the doubters who have insisted the Red Devils are not a great side.
“Looking back over the years, none has been more dramatic than this,” said Ferguson.
“Apart from the excitement, there have been all those last minute goals. It is the nature of our club to do it that way. They epitomise the spirit of Manchester United.
“There have been a a lot of great performances. All that nonsense about this not being a great Manchester United team. It is a great feat.
“Yes, we had some disappointing performances away from home, but at home we have been fantastic.
“We scored another four goals today, seven against Blackburn, five against Birmingham.
“We have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham here. That is pretty good.
“And now we have won the title more times than anyone else in the country. It is great for our history.”
Ferguson now faces the toughest of tasks deciding which 11 players will start at Wembley, who the other seven on the bench will be and, of those who collected medals this afternoon, which ones will spend the evening sat in the stand.
“I could pick four or five teams next week and they wouldn’t let us down,” he said.
Meanwhile Wayne Rooney was also celebrating today after the team were awarded the Premier League trophy.
“You never get bored of celebrations like this,” he said.
“This is what you play football to do, to win trophies and medals.
“The first half of the season was a bit of a write off for me but since the turn of the year I feel I have contributed.
“We have won games and I have really enjoyed it. It has been a squad effort.
“The manager said last week there are 21 players who qualify for a medal, which shows how much we have used the squad and spread the games out amongst the players.”
Fittingly, Edwin van der Sar skippered United in his final Premier League game before heading into retirement.
“I would like to thank the manager for bringing me here six years ago,” said the 40-year-old Dutchman. “Maybe it was a couple of years too late.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The fans, the players and the manager will always have a warm place in my heart.
“Manchester United is the biggest club in the world. Now we have to get that trophy next Saturday.”