Seven have years passed since Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of his last match for Manchester United. The club has changed four managers since. Many players, world-class, and otherwise have come and gone since then. Today though, we will look at the last matchday squad of Sir Alex Ferguson and see what they are up to.
The Danish Goalkeeper never lived up to the expectations but surprisingly was selected over De Gea for Sir Alex’s final match. Anders barely started in Moyes’s disastrous reign and was sent packing by Van Gaal. He is currently playing for Helsingborg in the Swedish League.
Valencia was initially signed as a replacement for Ronaldo but slowly transitioned to the right-back position. He finished his final season for the club as captain before being released and returning to Ecuador.
For a player termed as the next Duncan Edwards, injuries and uncertainty have hampered Phil Jones. The only player still at United in a playing capacity, Phil Jones is expected to be sold if he finds any takers.
An underappreciated Manchester United Player, Jonny Evans played the majority of his matches under Sir Alex. He was later sold to West Brom and is currently plying his trade with Leicester City.
A surprising signing, Buttner was never a fit for the club. Buttner left ahead of the 2014-15 season and now plays for New England Revolution in the United States.
The once Golden Boy Award winner was hampered by his uncertain role at United. After being at Man Utd for almost 8 seasons, he moved to Internacional in Brazil. He was often accused of not living upto his potential. He retired in 2019.
A player who gained appreciation near his retirement, Carrick is now grooming the next generation of players as a First-team coach at Carrington.
An academy graduate, Cleverly failed to make grade and impression post the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. He still continues to play in the Premier League with Watford.
The Japanese player was signed by Sir Alex but never settled due to frequent changes in formations. Kagawa currently plays for the Spanish side Zaragoza after an unsuccessful return to Dortmund.
Little Pea as he was fondly called acquired cult status at United and remains a fan favourite. Massively underutilized post-departure of Sir Alex, Hernandez recently transferred to MLS after an eventful career in Europe.
Robin Van Persie
Another player who achieved legendary status in a short time, Van Persie was the fuel behind Manchester United’s last title. The United striker unfortunately never looked the same post Sir Alex’s retirement and was sold unceremoniously to Fenerbahce. He later returned to his boyhood club, Feyenoord, and played his last match as an international footballer on 12th May 2019 against ADO Den Haag.
Sir Alex was renowned for his ability to motivate his players and the get the best out of them. The squads he moulded were known to fight for every scrap. Managers who came since have failed to do so. United fans will be hopeful that Solskjaer is able to bring back those glory days.