So long, Sir Alex

"Away from the adulation and intensity of M16, it was apt that his conclusion would boil down to a simple away day. Although a final victory never came, it was perhaps appropriate to end with a dramatic, unpredictable and entertaining affair; characteristics that have defined his tenure."

-'s Mark Froggatt

20/05/2013 08:07, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Blog: A final farewell

At first glance, it may seem disrespectful to look to the next chapter before Sir Alex had even finished his post-match wine, but in this writer’s opinion, it is completely representative of his legacy and influence at Old Trafford. As he knows, there's always another match, another season and another challenge. And Manchester United always moves on.

Poignantly, after the final whistle, Sir Alex stood alone in front of the Smethwick End, arms aloft, before taking a well-received bow. There was a wave to his family, respectful handshakes with his players and then one final march down the tunnel. Maintaining absolute control until the very end, all media duties were ignored in favour of a few moments with his title-winning squad and a swift drink with his opposite number, offering just three words when asked how his day was: “Emotional, very emotional.”

And that was it. The greatest managerial career in world football, if not sport, was over. But what a reign it was. And my god, those grandchildren are in for one hell of a story.

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