The end of an era

  • The Manchester United players are not unaccustomed to chasing the ball round a sodden pitch, which may come in handy for tomorrow's match. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA wire.

    Fergie lifts one of the many trophies he amassed during his 26-year reign as Man U manager. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA wire.

    General View of Old Trafford on the day Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retires from management. Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA wire.

  • The end of an era
    11.05.2013 13:19


    With the football world reeling from the announcement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as long-term manager of Manchester United, many eyes will be riveted to the TV set tomorrow as he prepares to lead the team onto the pitch in what will be his final competitive home game.


    The match is set to be played on Sunday afternoon against Swansea on the familiar turf lining the Old Trafford grounds. So will the sun be shining on the revered manager as he takes his place in the dugout for the clash? Unfortunately the answer is no…


    Despite a rather bright start to the day, cloud will quickly build, soon becoming thick enough to give outbreaks of rain. By the time the first whistle is blown at 4pm, this rain will be falling quite steadily, although it isn’t expected to be too heavy.  Together with the rain, it is expected to be rather cool and breezy with a moderate south-westerly wind and temperatures struggling to reach 13C. Hopefully the mood in the stands won’t take a turn for the worse to match the rather bleak weather forecast for the head-to-head tomorrow…


    Although the Swansea game represents Fergie’s last home match, he has one final chance to stand up for the team in next weekend’s away game against West Bromwich Albion, which remarkably also marks his 1500th with the team. It appears that the weather will be more obliging next weekend to help mark the occasion. The forecast is currently for dry and bright weather next Sunday afternoon for the match in the West Midlands, although it is likely to remain rather cool. Hopefully the conditions will help put a shine on Fergie’s last day on the job.


    By: Laura Caldwell