It is seven years to the day that Sir Alex Ferguson stepped into the Manchester United dugout for one final time as his team took to the field away at West Brom.

And although a win evaded United’s legendary boss, it’s safe to say the Scotsman went out with a bang as the last game of the 2012/13 league season ended in a thrilling 5-5 draw.

One Romelu Lukaku grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick for the Baggies and we all know what happened to him, but it is the names on Fergie’s team sheet that may surprise a few.

With his 13th Premier League title already secured and the champagne on ice, Fergie gave the likes of Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra and David De Gea a chance to put their feet up.

So with big names on the bench, who wore the famous United red for Sir Alex’s fond farewell and where are they now?

Here we take a look at Fergie’s final XI from that memorable afternoon.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson salutes the fans prior to kick-off of the Barclays Premier League match at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Sir Alex Ferguson ended his managerial career in 2013

Anders Lindegaard

Fergie’s last game was particularly significant for the Dane as it signalled his tenth of the season, making Lindegaard eligible for a coveted title winners medal.

It was the crowning moment in the goalkeeper’s United career who acted as David De Gea’s understudy for another two years before signing for none other than West Brom.

After one season with the Baggies, he moved to Preston. A return to the Premier League with Burnley followed, but he was released last summer and the 36-year-old currently plays for Swedish side Helsingborgs.

Anders Lindegaard played second fiddle to David de Gea

Antonio Valencia

The Ecuadorian would go on to make himself a fan favourite at Old Trafford and remained with the club until the summer of 2019, making over 300 appearances for the Red Devils.

Used as a right winger by Sir Alex, Valencia would transform himself into a marauding full-back in the post-Fergie era and go on to be a fantastic servant to the club.

He became captain under Jose Mourinho and wore the skipper’s armband in United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the 2017 Europa League final.

The 34-year-old has since returned home to Ecuador and is playing for L.D.U Quito.

Phil Jones

The only man in Fergie’s final XI who has stood the test of time and is still on the playing staff at Old Trafford, although for how much longer remains to be seen.

Now 28 years old, he is in his ninth year with the Red Devils but has started just two league games for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.

His time with the club has been a constant battle for a starting place and it is a similar story this campaign, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, Ole’s preferred centre-half pairing.

Phil Jones started in defence

Jonny Evans

The fact Fergie chose to go with Evans in his final game was a sign of things to come. Fast-forward two years and the defender was calling the Hawthorns his new home.

Evans joined West Brom on a free in the summer of 2015 and would spend three seasons with the Baggies before being snapped up by Leicester City for £3.5m.

Since his arrival, the 32-year-old has been outstanding for the Foxes and Evans’ displays have led to current boss Brendan Rodgers labelling his signature as the ‘deal of the century.’

Alexander Buttner scored for the visitors

Alexander Buttner

One of Fergie’s less memorable signings, the Dutch left-back may have scored in the United boss’ farewell game but ultimately failed to hit the target at Old Trafford.

Buttner was often absent from a United team sheet and you’d be hard pressed to find the 31-year-old nowadays – in fact, you’d have to look to the USA.

A season after Fergie’s exit, the full-back signed for Dynamo Moscow, then after a quick pit stop at old club Vitesse, he joined New England Revolution last November.

Michael Carrick

Mr Reliable and the epitome of coolness in the middle of the park. He spent another five years with United before hanging up his boots in 2018.

His best years were with Fergie but in the periods of madness that ensued, he was an ever-present in midfield, taking on the role of skipper and marshalling an often mismatched side.

Carrick weathered the managerial reigns of David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal, Mourinho, and still resides in the United dugout as Ole’s right-hand man. A manager in waiting, perhaps?

Michael Carrick wore the armband

Anderson

The Brazilian wonderkid who promised so much. Now his legacy is confined to one of the forgotten winners of the Golden Boy Award.

Arriving from Porto at the age of 18, Fergie had high hopes of Anderson emulating the success of one Cristiano Ronaldo who too had come from the Iberian Peninsula.

But, it wasn’t to be. The only rise were the measurements on his waistband, after a loan spell with Fiorentina, the midfielder returned to his homeland to sign for Internacional.

In rather bizarre fashion, Anderson revisited Europe for his swansong, playing a season for Turkish Division One side, Adana Demirspor, before calling it a day in 2019.

Anderson and Tom Cleverly started the match

Tom Cleverley

Cleverley broke through into the first team under Sir Alex but as with many players at Old Trafford his form dipped once the legendary boss stepped aside.

The arrivals of Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera acted as writing on the wall for the Englishman who saw his minutes on the pitch diminish.

In search of first-team football, he moved to Everton before signing permanently for Watford in 2017 - a club where he had been a loanee during his formative years.

Shinji Kagawa played in midfield

Shinji Kagawa

Signed from Borussia Dortmund at the start of Fergie’s farewell season, the Japanese midfielder impressed during his maiden campaign, scoring six goals in 20 league games.

However, Kagawa was unable to kick on under Moyes and after just two seasons with United, the playmaker went full-circle, returning to Dortmund in 2014.

Kagawa spent five years with Die Borussen before falling out of favour with boss Lucien Favre. The 31-year-old currently plies his trade with Real Zaragoza in the Spanish second division.

Javier Hernandez scored in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game in charge

Javier Hernandez

‘Chicharito’ or the little pea was the smiling assassin and the Mexican hotshot will be fondly remembered by those at Old Trafford.

Hernandez scored 59 times in 157 appearances for the Red Devils before swapping codes to the Bundesliga where he was even more prolific – striking 39 times in just 76 games for Bayer Leverkusen.

That prompted West Ham to coax him back to the Premier League, but he wasn’t as deadly for the Hammers.

Sevilla was his next port of call before he went stateside to sign for La Galaxy in January.

Robin Van Persie was crucial in the title success

Robin Van Persie

Arguably the man who handed Fergie the opportunity to bow out in style and allow the Scotsman to add one final Premier League medal to his bulging trophy cabinet.

The Dutchman hit 26 league goals to fire the Red Devils to the title. The season after he wasn’t as prolific under Moyes but still struck 18 times and was a shining light in a struggling United team.

After over a decade in English football’s top flight, Van Persie eventually bid farewell to the Premier League in 2015.

He signed for Turkish outfit Fenerbache before finishing with a flourish with his first club Feyenoord, where he won the Dutch Cup in his final year.

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