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Goals and goodbyes

Alex Ferguson ended his magnificent managerial career just the way he would want – with a nice glass of red wine.

The Manchester United manager declared himself satisfied with the 2003 Chateau Pontet Canet, bought especially for the occasion, with Steve Clarke delighted it did Ferguson justice.

"He knew what it was," said Clarke proudly. "He said it was a good year."

It has been 26 mostly good years for Manchester United under Ferguson, who opted not to speak to the media yesterday after his final game in charge of the club ended in a stunning 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns.

Paul Scholes and former United player Michael Owen also called time on their illustrious careers, with cameo appearances from the substitutes' bench, with Scholes even managing to pick up a final yellow card.

At Anfield, Jamie Carragher bowed out by helping Liverpool to a 1-0 win over QPR and almost crowned the day with a long-range volley that came back off the woodwork.

"I think I'd have just walked off there and then had that gone in," he joked afterwards.

Irish Independent