After nearly 27 years in charge of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson is finally stepping down as manager at the end of the season. Most United fans are still in disbelief that the man from Govan won’t be in the home dugout at Old Trafford next season and there will be no doubt that the team will want to give him the send off he deserves as Swansea visit the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.
Although the title has already been secured, the retirement of Sir Alex means this game takes on an added significance. It will be the last time United walk out at Old Trafford under Ferguson – it is going to be emotional.
The great man will demand that he gets a winning send off in his last home clash in front of all of his adoring fans. It is up to the players to ensure the right end to a quite amazing story is delivered in style.
His legacy of winning 38 major trophies will no doubt never be repeated again in the club’s history. Victory over the Swans would be the club’s 895th win under Sir Alex’s stewardship and the 515th victory under him at Old Trafford. It is a record unmatched by anyone in the British game.
One man unable to appear in the penultimate match of the Scot’s tenure is Rafael after his sending off during last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea. Phil Jones or Chris Smalling is likely to replace the young Brazilian at right back. Danny Welbeck may return from injury whilst Paul Scholes is expected to make his last appearance at Old Trafford.
Swansea go into the game on the back of a 3-2 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night. Goal scorer Angel Rangel and impressive shot stopper Michel Vorm will miss the match after they both picked up injuries against the Latics. Top scorer Michu may return after previously being ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.
With emotions running high it is going to be quite an occasion inside Old Trafford come 4pm on Sunday. Fans who would have thought about missing the game will no doubt now be desperate to get one last look at Fergie’s Fledglings.
The players will be desperate to put on a show for the boss and as a result I expect a fast paced and thoroughly professional United performance. Anything other than a comfortable win for the reds seems unlikely.
Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Swansea