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Manchester United will not end season on high

Sir Alex Ferguson was presented with a cake by the media prior to Friday's news conference in honour of the 26 years he has spent at Old Trafford as the top clubs will now hope to break the Reds domination in English football.

He went on to says it is "quite incredible" he will be managing Manchester United for the 1,500th time in his final game in charge, against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

The retiring Old Trafford boss, who won 38 trophies during his 26-year reign, will be succeeded by Everton manager David Moyes.

Ferguson is already planning his retirement.

"I've got the league managers' meeting on Monday, Newmarket Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm going on holiday, it's the [Epsom] Derby on 1 June, then the operation, then the recuperation, and then the season starts.

"It can't be a substitution, it's a different life. Thirty nine years as a manager and from that day staring at East Stirling with eight players and no goalkeeper to today six 'keepers and about 100 players."

Ferguson lives and breaths football, with all the parades and standing ovations, he is sure to shed a tear on his last game.

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