Sunday 19 May 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson's career ended in remarkable fashion as Manchester United drew 5-5 at West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.
Ferguson was taking charge of United for the 1,500th and final time before retiring and the Scot looked set to bow out with a win as the Barclays Premier League champions romped into a 5-2 lead. But Albion scored three times in the last nine minutes in an incredible finish to spoil Ferguson's farewell at the Hawthorns.
Ferguson's commitment to attacking football was on display one last time, but the United boss will have been less impressed with his defenders. It was the final match also for midfielder Paul Scholes, who came on as a second-half substitute, and it was suitably dramatic.
Shinji Kagawa got United's first in the sixth minute and Albion defender Jonas Olsson scored a ninth-minute own goal. Alexander Buttner smashed in the visitors' third on the half-hour mark before James Morrison got one back for the hosts 10 minutes later. Romelu Lukaku scored for Albion in the 50th minute before Robin van Persie netted for United three minutes later and Hernandez bagged the fifth in the 63rd minute.
Yet Albion provided an incredible finale as Lukaku and Youssouf Mulumbu both scored in the space of 60 seconds in the 81st minute before the former completed his hat-trick to equalise four minutes before the end.
Ferguson will be succeeded at Old Trafford by Everton manager David Moyes, who saw his team beaten 2-1 at third-placed Chelsea in his farewell after an 11-year reign. Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata slotted home in the seventh minute. Steven Naismith equalised for Everton seven minutes later, but Fernando Torres struck the winner in the 76th minute.
Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez, who masterminded the team's UEFA Europa League final victory over Benfica in Amsterdam in midweek, was also saying goodbye.
On a day of emotional farewells, Jamie Carragher captained Liverpool on his 737th and final appearance for the club, a 1-0 win over relegated Queens Park Rangers at Anfield. Carragher hit a post in the second half, but Philippe Coutinho got the only goal, lashing home from long-range midway through th first half.
Managerless Manchester City, already guaranteed to finish second, were beaten 3-2 at home by Norwich City. Jack Rodwell scored twice for Manchester City, led by Brian Kidd after Roberto Mancini's exit on Monday, but goals by Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt and Jonathan Howson won it for the Canaries.
Stoke City striker Michael Owen made a 16-minute cameo appearance before his retirement in his team's 1-1 draw at Southampton. Peter Crouch opened the scoring for Stoke against his former side before Rickie Lambert levelled the scores.
Relegated Wigan Athletic drew 2-2 with Aston Villa at the DW Stadium, while second bottom Reading lost 4-2 at West Ham United and Fulham won 3-0 at Swansea City.
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