Sir Alex Ferguson: Reaching 1,500 games is incredible

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes will both retire from Manchester United at the end of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson today spoke of his feat of reaching 1,500 games at Manchester United and labeled it ‘incredible’. The outgoing United boss, who will be replaced by David Moyes, will take his seat in a Premier League dugout for the very last time against West Bromich Albion on Sunday.

Sir Alex was in fine form as he addressed his final press conference and was greeted with warm applause, a speech and a hair dryer cake! Fergie stated that he was ‘lucky to be here’ for such a long time and looked to United’s future.

The boss was in bullish mood ahead of his final appearance and was quoted as saying:

“So, my last game. God, 1,500 matches. Quite incredible. It couldn’t be more difficult than at West Brom, who I think have done fantastically. Good, strong side. Every team wants to win their last home game, I think that’s a fact of life, but also I want to win even more than last week.”

He spoke about Evans and Jones being the future of the Manchester United defence for years to come:

“I’ve no injury problems. I’ll make a few changes, I think some of the younger players should play. I said to Anders you’ll definitely play in two of the last games to get your 10 games (for a Premier League medal). The Premier League have changed that rule now but I’ll still stand by my word and he’ll be in goal. I don’t have Rafa so I have to make a decision about that. And I maybe want to play Jones and Evans together at centre-back because they could be the future and Vida and Ferdinand will just have to make do with a place on the bench. Protect their age.”

Lastly, he spoke of his fondness for Manchester United football club and his twenty six years at the helm:

“Twenty-six years at Manchester United is fantastic, so just the whole thing. The day I came here was a privilege and the day I left I’ve been honoured. You run the gamut of emotions of course, it’s such a great football club and I’ve been lucky to be here that time. The whole being here is something to be proud of.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has the best win percentage ratio for any post war Manchester United manager as highlighted in the table below:

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His trophy haul of 49 (total) surpasses some of the greatest, most legendary managers of the game – as illustrated in our Sir Alex infographic.

We’ve collected some best betting odds ahead of the WBA match on Sunday for you:

  • Manchester United look a solid bet at 1.83 with bet365 to round of their season in style with victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.
  • Javier Hernandez scored the opener in United’s 2-1 win over Swansea last weekend, and looks worth a punt at the 5.5 on offer with Betfred and Coral at to repeat the dose and bag the first in this.
  • He can also be backed at a tasty looking 2.38 with Boylesports to net anytime, and that looks big given that he is as short as 2.05 elsewhere.
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