With Swansea having nothing to play for and United set to be presented the trophy, you would be forgiven for thinking that there will be a carnival atmosphere at Old Trafford. However, this isn’t any usual year.
The abdication of Sir Alex Ferguson, after 27 years at the helm, will ensure emotions will be running high among the Old Trafford faithful. A good proportion of fans will never have seen any other man sat in the dugout and it remains to be seen how they will react to seeing their manager leave his seat for the last time.
In essence, the day won’t even be about the champions, nor Paul Scholes even, but about Ferguson. As is customary of the last home game of the season, the manager is due to make his annual speech. With Friday’s usual pre-match press conference at Carrington cancelled, many will be eager to hear his first words since the statement released on Wednesday.
The match is sure to be ceremonial with neither team having anything to play for. However, Fergie’s babes will want to give him the ceremony and send-off he deserves.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Swansea 1 (Michu) Man Utd 1 (Evra), Premier League, December 2012
Man Utd 2 (Scholes, Young) Swansea 0, Premier League, May 2012
Swansea 0 Man Utd 1 (Hernández), Premier League, November 2011
Swansea have made 8 trips to Old Trafford in its history. They have failed to win on every occasion.
The match against Swansea will be Ferguson’s 1499 game in charge of United.
The trophy presented to Ferguson’s will be his 13 league title and the club’s 20.
Man Utd have a 60.2% win percentage under Ferguson.
Man Utd to win: 1.33
Swansea to win: 12
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm