Fergie prepares to say emotional farewell

May 12, 2013, 02:24 IST | AFP

Sir Alex Ferguson will step onto the Old Trafford pitch for the last time as United manager when Swansea come knocking today

Alex Ferguson will bid an emotional farewell to Old Trafford today as he takes charge of Manchester United for the final time on home turf after 26 years of unparallelled success in the English game.

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson waves to the Old Trafford crowd as the North Stand is renamed the ‘Sir Alex Ferguson Stand’ on November 5, 2011. PIC/Getty Images

Ferguson announced that he will retire at the end of the season after leading the club to 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups, four League Cups and a host of other trophies during his incredible reign.

Swansea are the opponents for Ferguson’s farewell, which fittingly will include the official presentation of the Premier League trophy to United — almost three weeks after they secured what has turned out to be the Scot’s final piece of silverware in a remarkable career.

With the game having little significance for either team, United’s supporters will use the occasion to pay tribute to Ferguson, who transformed their club from underachievers who had gone 26 years without winning a league title to a team that has dominated English football and returned to the top in Europe.

Ferguson is expected to take to the microphone following the game to say his goodbyes and there will be barely a dry eye among the packed house at Old Trafford, a stadium which has grown in size considerably during the Scot’s tenure and has a stand named after him and a statue outside.

United’s final game under Ferguson’s rule will be against West Bromwich Albion the following week at the Hawthorns before Everton boss David Moyes takes charge on July 1.

Paul Scholes could return for Ferguson’s farewell to Old Trafford after making an appearance on the bench last week while Danny Welbeck is back in contention after missing the Chelsea defeat.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup admits he will be honoured to be the man in the opposite dugout for Ferguson’s final game at Old Trafford and added that he doesn’t believe any manager will be able to emulate Ferguson’s sustained run of success. 

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