It was just an ordinary Tuesday night, innocently stalking celebrities on Twitter, when a few tweets from the sports papers came through claiming some ludicrous story about Manchester United that was clearly only intended to increase traffic.
However, Wednesday morning came and *bang*, there it was in black and white, Sir Alex Ferguson had announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United. ‘Blimey’ just didn’t seem to do it justice.
So anyway, 26 years, 13 league titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups, two Champions League trophies and god knows how much added on time is at an end, and although Sunday is not Ferguson’s very last game, it will be his last outing at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils will be presented with the Premier League trophy after their clash with Swansea City and a long and emotional party will no doubt ensue, but before that there is the small matter of a game of football.
Frankly, it is a small matter as neither side has anything left to play for, with United already champions and Swansea safely into the Europa League thanks to their League Cup victory.
However, the Swans showed on Tuesday that they are not on their holidays just yet, happily playing the pantomime villain as they put ‘plucky’ Wigan Athletic to the sword at the DW Stadium.
Normally I would actually give great credence to backing the Welsh side, especially seeing the way United have stumbled since they clinched their 20th title, but this is now no ordinary game.
The players will know they have to give their gaffer a good send-off at the Theatre of Dreams: the old guard will demand it, the fans will demand it, and of course, Fergie will demand it.
It seems rather pointless to look at the statistics given the overriding emotions sure to be on show, but just for giggles let’s give it a go anyway.
United have slipped up three times at home this season, but those losses have all come against teams in the top five, while every other visitor has left without a single point to their name.
Ferguson’s men have banged in 43 goals on home soil in 18 games, the joint most in the top flight along with Arsenal, but on average concede exactly one goal in each of those home games.
By contrast, Swansea average scoring exactly one goal per game, with 18 strikes on the road, and are relatively tight at the back too as only 23 goals have found their way past them away from the Liberty Stadium.
With that in mind, the only conclusion I have come to so far is that the Swans will score one goal – no more, no less – so now it’s just a case of figuring out how many United will get.
There is a valid argument to be had that the home side will choke, overwhelmed by the pressure on them to give Fergie the perfect farewell, and a counter-attacking side like Swansea could take advantage as they did to Wigan.
If you have absolutely no romance in you whatsoever and think the Welsh side will triumph in the Scotsman’s last home game, then humongous odds of 19/2 will look mightily tempting.
There may be some of you who think along similar lines but don’t quite have the faith in Michael Laudrup’s team to take all three points, and so 19/4 on a draw may be your best avenue, but bear in mind that United have not drawn a single home league game this season.
However, the reverse fixture at the Liberty Stadium ended in a 1-1 stalemate, so you never know.
As stated above though, I just cannot see any scenario where the Red Devils don’t pick up the three points and a fitting victory in Ferguson’s final Old Trafford clash.
Robin van Persie has found his scoring boots again, with six goals in his last five games, and you can back him to open the scoring in this one at odds of 5/2.
If you’re a bit more of a ‘person for the occasion’, then you can look at 17/2 on Ryan Giggs to score the last goal of the game.
Admittedly, the short odds of 1/4 on a home win do not exactly entice, and so I am going to put my faith in a 3-1 victory for the champions, which has a beefier price of 33/4.
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Whether you love him or loathe him, it will be an emotional day at Old Trafford on Sunday.
1,498 games down, two to go.
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