Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FERGIE'S GRAND FINALE HANGING OVER MOYES ; United Boss Prepares to Takes His Beleaguered Troops to the Scene of Fergie's Farewell.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

FERGIE'S GRAND FINALE HANGING OVER MOYES ; United Boss Prepares to Takes His Beleaguered Troops to the Scene of Fergie's Farewell.

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VETERAN United joker Ryan Giggs sat in the West Bromwich Albion dressing room last May and quipped: "David Moyes had just resigned!" It was the Welshman's piece of black humour, delivered after the Premier League champions had just given Sir Alex Ferguson the most extravagant and dramatic send-off into retirement.

Cruising to a typically swaggering farewell for Fergie, the Reds blew up and ended that emotional afternoon at the Hawthorns in an enthralling 5-5 thriller.

For those composing goodbye match reports for the Reds boss, it was heaven-sent drama because the goal-laden goodbye was befitting of the exciting theatre Ferguson's 26-year reign had provided. It summed up his golden era perfectly.

"If I needed a result to epitomise what Manchester United were about it came in game No.1,500, my last. West Bromwich Albion 5 Manchester United 5. Crazy. Wonderful.

Entertaining. Outrageous," Fergie wrote in his autobiography.

"If you were on your way to watch Manchester United you were in for goals and drama. We were 3-0 up within half an hour but West Brom were in no mood to give me an easy send-off.

"At 5-2 to us it could have finished 20-2 in our favour. At 5-5 we might have lost 20-5. Defensively we were a shambles. West Brom scored three goals in five minutes with Romelu Lukaku running up a hat-trick. Despite the late avalanche on our goal it was light- hearted in the dressing room.

"I could have no complaints about us throwing away a 5-2 lead against West Brom with nine minutes left. I still went through the emotions of expressing my annoyance but the players could see right through it.

"I told them 'Thanks boys. Bloody great sendoff you've given me'. David Moyes had already been named as my successor; as we sat in the dressing room after the match Ryan Giggs teased: 'David Moyes has just resigned'. …

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