Football - Ferguson in three and in challenge

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Manchester United's Barclays Premier League title winners to make it a hat-trick in the next two seasons.

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Ferguson retires after Sunday's trip to West Brom but he was very much in charge for Monday 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.

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

Ferguson also urged supporters to turn up for Tuesday's Under-21 encounter with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

"We play that mob across the road," he said.

"I hope some of you cheer the young lads on."

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