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Sir Alex Ferguson's last match as Manchester United manager - Who were the players and where are they now?

5:32 AM GMT 02/12/2021
Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United 2013
Sir Alex Ferguson's last match as Manchester United manager was also his 1500th match in charge of the club...

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is the most accomplished manager in the history of club football with 49 major titles to his name.

The Scottish manager served the Red Devils for 26 years where he won 39 trophies which include a record 13 Premier Leagues and two Champions League titles.

At the end of the 2012/13 season, Ferguson decided to bring the curtains down on his illustrious managerial career. Even in his last season, he guide Manchester United to their record 20th Premier League.

His final match as the Red Devils' boss was against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League which ended in a 5-5 draw. His last match for Manchester United was also his 1500th match as the manager of the Premier League giants.

Let us take a look at the players who played in Alex Ferguson's farewell match and where are they now.

  • Anders Lindegaard Manchester United 17072015

    Anders Lindegaard - GK

    The Danish goalkeeper joined Manchester United from Norwegian club Aalesund in 2010 and spent five seasons at the club. He later played for West Bromwich Albion and Burnley in the Premier League. He currently plays for Swedish top-tier side Helsingborg.

  • Antonio Valencia

    Antonio Valencia - RB

    The former Ecuador international joined Manchester United from Wigan Athletic in 2009 and played at the club for 10 seasons. After leaving the Red Devils, he played in Mexico and Ecuador. He retired from professional football in May 2021.

  • Phil Jones

    Phil Jones - CB

    The English defender started his career at Blackburn Rovers in 2009 and after spending two seasons there he joined Manchester United in 2011. In 2019, Phil Jones signed a four-year contract and is still at the Theatre of Dreams. However, he has featured for United very sparingly, having struggled with injuries. 

  • Jonny Evans Manchester United 26082014

    Jonny Evans - CB

    A Manchester United youth product, Jonny Evans was promoted to the senior side in 2005 and remained at the club till 2015. In between, he moved to Royal Antwerp and Sunderland on loan spells. From 2015 to 2018, he plied his trade with West Bromwich Albion and since 2018, Evans plays for Leicester City.

  • Alexander Buttner

    Alexander Buttner - LB

    The full-back joined Manchester United from Vitesse in 2012 and spent two seasons at the club. After leaving the Red Devils, Buttner played Dynamo Moscow, Anderlecht and New England Revolution in the MLS. In 2021, he joined Dutch top division side RKC Waalwijk.

  • GER ONLY Shinji Kagawa Manchester United

    Shinji Kagawa - RW

    The Japanese midfielder joined Manchester United in 2012 from Borussia Dortmund and spent two seasons in England before heading back to Germany to rejoin Dortmund. He later played for Besiktas, Real Zaragoza and currently plays for Greek top division side PAOK.

  • Javier Hernandez Manchester United Chelsea Premier League

    Javier Hernandez - LW

    The Mexican attacker played at Manchester United from 2010 to 2015. In the final season of his contract, Hernandez was sent on loan to Real Madrid. After leaving Manchester United he played for clubs like West Ham United, Sevilla and currently plies his trade at LA Galaxy.

  • Michael Carrick

    Michael Carrick - CM

    The English midfielder joined Manchester United in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur and remained at the club until the end of his professional career in 2018. After retirement, he served the Red Devils as an assistant coach and worked under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After Solskjaer left the club in November 2021, he was appointed as the club's caretaker manager.

  • Anderson Manchester United

    Anderson - CM

    The Brazilian played at Manchester United for eight seasons from 2007 to 2015. After leaving Manchester United, Anderson moved back to Brazil and played for Internacional and Coritiba. In September 2020, he announced his retirement from professional football after spending two seasons at Turkish top division side Adana Demirspor.

  • Tom Cleverley Manchester United 2012/13

    Tom Cleverley - CM

    An academy graduate, Tom Cleverley was promoted to Manchester United's senior side in 2008 and remained at the club until 2015. In between, he played for clubs like Leicester City, Watford and Aston Villa on loan deals. He currently plays for Watford in the Premier League.

  • Robin van Persie Manchester United Premier League

    Robin van Persie - FW

    The star player joined Manchester United from Arsenal in 2012 and spent three seasons at the club. After leaving the Red Devils, he played for Fenerbahce and Feyenoord. He retired from professional football in 2019. After retirement, he currently works as a strikers' coach at Feyenoord.

  • Paul Scholes Manchester United Champions League

    Paul Scholes - Sub

    A Manchester United academy graduate and a club legend, Paul Scholes, like Ryan Giggs, played at Manchester United throughout his life. After his retirement in 2013, Scholes along with the members of the Class of 92, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Gary Neville bought Salford City in 2014. In September they sold a 50 per cent stake to Singaporean businessman Peter Lim.

    In 2015, Scholes along with Phil Neville became caretaker managers of Salford City. In 2017, he joined PVF Football Academy as their technical advisor.

    The English became the manager of Oldham Athletic in February 2019 but left his role within a month. In October 2020, he took over as the interim manager of Salford but left in November after the appointment of Richie Vellen as the club's new coach.

  • Ryan Giggs Manchester United Olympiacos Champions League 03192014

    Ryan Giggs - Sub

    A one-club man and a legend at Manchester United played for the club for 24 years. Ryan Giggs is the most-capped Manchester United player of all time with 936 caps under his belt.

    Giggs was appointed as the player-cum-interim manager of Manchester United in the final four matches of the 2013-14 season after David Moyes was sacked. It was also his final season as a professional footballer.

    After retirement, he immediately became the assistant manager under Louis van Gaal and remained in that position for the next two seasons.

    In 2018, Giggs was appointed as the manager of the Wales national team a job which he quit in April 2021 due to personal reasons.

  • Rio Ferdinand Manchester United Premier League 03162013

    Rio Ferdinand - Sub

    One of the finest English central defenders of all time, Rio Ferdinand joined Manchester United in 2002 from their rivals Leeds United for a record transfer fee of £30 million at that time.

    Ferdinand went on to play for 12 years at the club after which he joined Queens Park Rangers for a year in 2014 and retired from professional football in 2015.

    He's working currently as a TV pundit among numerous other roles.