After 26 wonderful years at the club, Sir Alex Ferguson took over as manager 1,500th and final Manchester United game in May 2013.
Ferguson, who won his 13th Premier League title, watched United draw 5-5 with West Brom on the final day of the season.
We’ve taken a look back at their squads to see how those players have fared since that day.
GK: Anders Lindegaard
Lindegaard failed to take over from David De Gea as United’s first-choice goalkeeper and made 10 Premier League appearances in 2012-13, earning himself a winner’s medal in the process.
“I’m very proud of that, but I’m not the one who took that title,” he told The Guardian in November 2021. “I know I am a whisper in the wind in the great history of Manchester United. “
The Denmark international moved to The Hawthorns permanently in 2015 before having brief spells at Preston North End and Burnley.
He is now back in Scandinavia with Swedish side Helsingborg and scored his first career goal in July 2020.
Remember Anders Lindegaard?
The former Manchester United goalkeeper scored a stunning equalizer for Helsingborg at the weekend. pic.twitter.com/HIwLJqUj57
— Eurosport (@eurosport) July 20, 2020
RB: Antonio Valencia
After filling in at right-back in Ferguson’s last game, Valencia has made a permanent transition to the role under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
The former Ecuador international won United’s Player of the Year award in 2016-17 and found a new lease of life when he moved to his new position.
But he fell out of favor under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was released by United at the end of the 2018-19 season, ending his 10-year spell at Old Trafford.
The 37-year-old spent two years in Ecuador and then Mexico with LDU Quito and Queretaro before hanging up his boots in May 2021.
Read: Winger pays tribute to Antonio Valencia, returns world-class right-back
CB: Phil Jones
Jones joined United from Blackburn in 2011 and has established himself as a regular under Ferguson.
In April 2013, Ferguson said: “I think Jones, the way he looks, could be our best ever player. No matter where we play, Jones is probably one of the best players we’ve ever had.
“At 21, he will be a great player. I think he can play anywhere on the field. Instinct and reading the game, it has such a huge impact. He has a drive about him. “
But the centre-back has failed to live up to those lofty expectations and has spent most of his United career on the treatment table.
Jones has made four Premier League appearances in the last two seasons while still on United’s books and has regularly been linked with a move away.
CB: Jonny Evans (Rio Ferdinand, ’83)
Evans followed Lindegaard to West Brom in the summer of 2015 after being deemed redundant by Van Gaal.The Northern Ireland international resumed his career at the Hawthorns before joining Leicester City in 2018.
“You know, Jonny Evans should have been a Manchester United player by now,” Solskjaer said in March 2021. But sometimes when there are changes in leadership, football takes you somewhere else.
Ferdinand could be found as a pundit on BT Sport after hanging up his boots after an unsuccessful spell at QPR.
Watch Jonny Evans run to secure a Champions League spot for Leicester City 🙌pic.twitter.com/GEFo7lvwUL
— Goal (@Goal) April 29, 2021
LB: Alexander Buttner
Buttner has only played 13 Premier League games in his two years at United, but he certainly has no regrets about the move.
“My adventure with Manchester United was not a failure,” Buttner told Allgemeine Douglas in 2017. I can say that. Steven Gerrard didn’t even manage it. I have played more games for United than I thought I would.
Left linebacker Since leaving Old Trafford in 2014, he has been on a world tour with stops in Russia, Belgium and the US.
He left the New England Revolution in January 2021 and is now back in his home country of the Netherlands with second division De Graafshop.
CM: Michael Carrick
Carrick enjoyed an outstanding season in 2012–13, winning the United Player of the Year award and earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
The midfielder went on to spend five more years at United, adding the FA Cup and Europa League to his tally.
In the year After hanging up his boots in 2018, he joined Mourinho’s coaching staff at Old Trafford and served as a stand-in following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Ralf Rannick left Old Trafford shortly after his appointment.
Former Golden Boy winner Anderson has made just five appearances for United since Ferguson’s retirement, joining the international on a free transfer in January 2015.
The 34-year-old player finished his playing career at Turkish second division club Adana Demirspo and retired in September 2020 and is currently working as the club’s external relations officer.
Read: Tribute to Manchester United cult hero and great Anderson
AMR: Tom Cleverley (Ryan Giggs, 60)
Once seen as Paul Scholes’ heir apparent, Cleverley struggled under David Moyes and was heavily criticized by United fans in 2013-14.
“The hardest part for me was junior year. [David] Moise Cleverley told the BBC in 2020, “The way the fans treat you. This was my club you know. I’ve been there since I was 11 years old. For the fans to go sour like they did.
“That disappointed me. I was 100% game testing player. It wasn’t the reality of trying, I wasn’t very good that year.
The 32-year-old player
Giggs spent one more season at United before calling time on his illustrious playing career at the end of 2013-14.
AMC: Javier Hernandez
After falling out of favor at United, Hernandez spent 2014-15 on loan at Real Madrid.
The Mexico international once again showed his form in Germany, but had disappointing spells at West Ham and Sevilla.
He recovered from a cold start to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at LA Galaxy in January 2020, scoring 17 goals last season and seven so far in 2022.
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— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 8, 2021
AML: Shinji Kagawa (Paul Scholes, 69)
In the year In March 2013, Kagawa scored a fantastic hat-trick against Norwich City but failed to live up to expectations in his two years at Old Trafford.
The former Japan international returned to Borussia Dortmund in 2014 and spent another 5 years with the Bundesliga side, making 145 appearances in all competitions.
He then had a brief spell at Spanish outfit Real Zaragoza and joined Sint-Truden earlier this summer.
Scholes left United with Ferguson at the end of the 2012-13 season and now works as a TV pundit.
Read: Man United’s ode to Shinji Kagawa and one of the calmest hat tricks ever.
ST: Robin van Persie
Signed as Ferguson’s farewell gift, Van Persie scored 26 Premier League goals for United in 2012-13.
But the former Netherlands international failed to replicate that form under Ferguson’s successors and was sold to Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2015.
“I asked him [Ferguson] “The question is how long he wants to stay and he said three years, so that was in my mind when I decided to leave Arsenal,” Van Persie told us in 2019.
“Would I have changed my decision if I had known that Sir Alex was leaving at the end of that season? That’s a good question, and one I can’t answer.”
He finished his playing career at Feyenoord and now works as an assistant manager for the under-16s, coaching his son Shaquille in the process. He recently turned down the chance to join Erik ten Hag’s coaching staff at Old Trafford.
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