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Manchester United's Premier League victory parade

United's Premier League parade through Manchester in 2011 Photo: Press Association

Manchester United have rained on a potential City victory parade – by staging their title celebration two days after the Blues compete in the FA Cup Final.

Sir Alex Ferguson and his players will parade their record-extending 20th league trophy on Monday, May 13.

In a break from tradition, the champions will take their open top bus out on the streets six days before the last league game of the season.

United’s street party will also come just 48 hours after City, heavy favourites to lift the FA Cup, take on Wigan at Wembley.

The winners of the FA Cup would usually parade their silverware around their home town the following Monday, as City did in 2011.

United bosses were handed a series of potential dates for a parade and have opted for May 13.

The Reds will be presented with the league trophy after their home match against Swansea the previous day.

But the parade will be held six days before they play their last game of the season at West Brom.

Sir Alex will address crowds outside the East Stand at the start of the parade outside the stadium.

The trophy will then head into Manchester although it will not take in the town hall.

The route is expected to end at Exchange Square.

A United source said: “The trophy presentation will take place shortly after the final whistle.

“The champions will then parade the trophy on an open top bus through the city on Monday 13th May.

"The parade will commence at Old Trafford in the early evening and finish in the city centre.”

Details of timings and the exact route of the parade have yet to be finalised.

City remain in talks with council chiefs and are yet to reveal whether they will follow suit should they win the FA Cup.

Both United and City declined to comment about the parade plans, Manchester Evening News reports.

Pat Karney, Manchester council’s city centre spokesman, urged the Blues to follow the Reds’ lead.

He said: “This is the footballing headquarters of the world and we would love to see City celebrate success should they triumph at Wembley."

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