Sir Alex Ferguson is eager for one last win as Manchester United manager in his final match in charge when he takes his side to West Brom on Sunday. Incredibly and fittingly, the match will also be Ferguson’s 1500th match at the helm in what has been an astonishing 26-and-a-half years at Old Trafford. There was an emotional and victorious send off from the Theatre of Dreams last week, but Ferguson is even more determined to get a win to mark his last time in the dugout before retiring.
“So, my last game. God,” Ferguson said in his final pre-match press conference, during which he received a standing ovation from reporters. “1500 matches, quite incredible. It couldn't be more difficult, I think West Brom have done fantastic. They're a good, strong side and every team wants to win their last home game, I think that's a fact of life. Obviously we'll want to win this one, more than last week’s even.”
While stating his keenness to win the match, Ferguson also revealed that his team selection will have one eye on the future of the club under new manager David Moyes.
“I don’t have any injury problems,” he said. “I’ll make a few changes, I think one or two younger players should play. I want to play [Phil] Jones and [Jonny] Evans together at center-back, because they could be the future.”
Ferguson also confirmed that Anders Lindegaard will play in goal, while Rafael is again suspended.
West Brom have had a strong season and find themselves safely ensconced in midtable after many had predicted they would struggle under the charge of rookie manager Steve Clarke. Their form has tailed off, though, and they have now lost three matches on the spin, including an ignominious 4-0 reversal to Norwich last time out.
Steven Reid picked up a knock in that fixture and is a major doubt for Sunday’s match. Forward Marc-Antoine Fortune will be available after suspension.
West Brom (probable)
D: Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
M: Mulumbu, Yacob
Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt
Manchester United (probable)
D: Valencia, Jones, Evans, Evra
M: Carrick, Cleverley
Nani, Kagawa, Giggs
F: Van Persie
Prediction: While there looks set to be a few changes, there will be ample quality coming into the Manchester United side and they will be desperate to give their manager a winning send off. West Brom appeared that they already had one foot on the beach last week and it is unlikely that they will rediscover their form on the final day.
West Brom 1-3 Manchester United
Where to watch: The Barclays Premier League match will kick-off at 11 a.m. ET. A live stream will be available on Fox Soccer 2Go.