Out of the blue, despite what the great man had previously said, came the announcement that most people thought would never arrive, and at the grand old age of 71, Sir Alex Ferguson is stepping away from management.
Ferguson’s career, not only at Manchester United but also Aberdeen before that, has seen over 30 years of the type of continuous success never achieved by any other manager and the challenge for successor David Moyes will be both unenvious and daunting.
However, there are still two games of the Scot’s career to go, starting with his final Old Trafford outing against Swansea City, and after picking up just one point from United’s past two matches he will want his side to treat the home supporters to a victory this weekend.
The champions are clear 33/100 favourites in bwin’s 3-way betting market, with the Swans at 15/2 and the draw at 4/1.
But before placing your money on this one, take a look at these five statistics.
1-0: This was the score in United’s favour in Ferguson’s first ever home game in charge of the Manchester club. The Reds have won by this scoreline three times in the last 20 games and are 27/4 to do so against the Swans.
1: The number of goals United have scored in the two games since securing the title against Aston Villa, after hitting seven in the three previous games. The champions are 3/100 to score and 21/10 to score twice.
15: Between them, the two sides have scored 15 more goals in the second half of games than the first so expect a plenty of action after the break and take a punt on more goals after the interval than before it at evens.
18: The number of league goals United have conceded at Old Trafford this term at an average of exactly one per game. With Swansea also scoring 18 goals on their travels, 6/4 on Michael Laudrup’s men notching exactly once looks well worth a go.
25: Robin van Persie is five short of his Premier League tally for Arsenal last season and while he is unlikely to score five in the remaining two matches, he is 1/2 hot favourite to score for United here.