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Farewell: Sir Alex Ferguson was given a guard of honour by both teams prior to the match
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Sir Alex Fergusson farewell

Farewell: Sir Alex Ferguson was given a guard of honour by both teams prior to the match

One of the most successful men in history of the English Premier League has retired as Manchester United Manager.

Sunday 19 May 2013 was memorable day for Sir Alex, the game between West Bromwich and Manchester United was his last game.  A week early, after lifting the Barclays Premier League trophy for the 13th time, Sir Alex was saying goodbye to the Old Trafford fans that he has given so many memories. As usual there was room for one last bid of drama, with Rio Ferdinand scoring a late winner goal in 2-1 victory over Swansea City. 

The two team players formed a guard of honour as Sir Alex took a sincerely-received bow before the kick-off. After 1,500 United games, is time to say goodbye and enjoy a safe retirement. 

The Sunday Match programme included a fabulous 40 pages tribute to the  Scottish  Manager 25 years of service, which included an observation by Roy Hodgson English Manager to the effect that once Arsène Wenger steps down as well an era really will have ended, since it is difficult to imagine 20 years managerial reigns in the future. ‘’ You won’t see the likes of that again, ‘’ Roy Hodgson predicted.

The game was also a great moment for Ryan Giggs who came on for the last half hour. Probably won’t see the likes of him again either. Or  Paul Scholes, that other one-club veteran, who was acquainted  for the last 15 minutes of the game so that he could officially celebrate his leave in the company of the only manager he has ever know in his Man U career. 

So while the result may have been without purpose, the occasion was anything but. After 90 minutes of heart- stopping action, Ferguson’s last game became the first in the Premier League era in which the two teams scored 10 goals, incredible farewell to Sir Alex. 

United and West Bromwich Albion were still struggling it out in additional time, desperate to find the winner. The last 10 minutes, during which the hosts scored three times to level, were a glorious moment for the West Brom Fan.

The five goals his team scored would have put a smile on Ferguson’s face, although under normal circumstances the five conceded would have reduced him to his native town of Glasgow.

But this day wasn’t a normal afternoon. It didn’t start out as one and it certainly didn’t end as one. Special day and special end, for the man who was appointed manager at Old Trafford on 6 November 1986.

Sir Alex last Game as Man U Manager

Sunday 19 May 2013: West Brom vs Man United

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell (Lukaku 46), Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison (Fortune 79), Brunt, Long (Rosenberg 79).
Subs Not Used: Myhill, Popov, Dawson, Tamas.
Goals: Morrison 40, Lukaku 50, Mulumbu 81 Lukaku 81, 86.
Manchester United: Lindegaard, Valencia, Evans (Ferdinand 83), Jones, Buttner,
Anderson, Carrick, Cleverley (Giggs 60), Kagawa (Scholes 69), van Persie, Hernandez.
Subs Not Used: De Gea, Evra, Vidic, Januzaj.
Booked: Scholes.
Goals: Kagawa 6, Olsson 9 og, Buttner 30, van Persie 53, Hernandez 63.
Att: 26,438
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Sir Alex Ferguson - The facts

Knighthood : 1

1.4m Tweets on the retirement of Sir Alex Fergusson in just one hour

Attendance increase at Old Trafford since the Premier League Began 80%

13 (Position 1) - 5 (Position 2) – 3 (Position)

81 Goals scored in the 90th minute

810 Games -13 Titles. His record number of  Premier League Games, and Titles Won 

211 Players used by Sir Alex, from 33 countries

240 Numbers of  Players in the Premier League born after Sir Alex was first appointed Man United Manager


‘’Manchester United has symbolised the transformation of the English game during the Premier League years. The club’s commitment to investment at every level shines through. Top class players, both purchased and developed; wonderful facilities at Old Trafford and Carrington for players and fans; community programmes that places us at the heart of the community.’’ -Sir Alex Fergusson

Alex Ferguson farewell

Georges Kuepo

 

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