Sir Alex Ferguson has won 13 Premier League titles. Source: Getty Images/adelaidenow.com.au
This weekend marks an end of an era for the Premier league and in particular for the red half of Manchester, with Sir Alex Ferguson taking charge of Manchester United for the final time. The long-serving manager said goodbye to Old Trafford last weekend after 27 years, but it is West Bromwich Albion's Hawthorns stadium that will provide the setting for his final match. In terms of overall impact on the Premier league, the match will have no real effect: West Brom will finish no lower than ninth on the table and Manchester United already have the championship trophy safely put away in their ever expanding trophy cabinet.
Both teams have only a few injuries and will line up with near full strength squads to choose from, although the Baggies will be without midfielder Zoltan Gera (knee) and youngster George Thorne (knee). Ashley Young (ankle), Darren Fletcher (illness) and fullback Rafael (suspension) are unavailable for the Red Devils.
United have won four of the past five meetings between the clubs and scored two goals in each of those matches, securing three points with a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford on December 29.
Sunday's game will be Sir Alex Ferguson's 1500th in charge of Manchester United, and his last. For Manchester United, we don't know what lies ahead. The Rooney conundrum is just one of many areas of focus. To say that there will be complete upheaval after his departure may be too extreme, but there will be changes under Moyes and their effect may contribute to a few of the larger egos at the club being hurt. What is for certain is that after this match it will be a long and captivating few months during the off season.
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