Sir Alex Ferguson desperate to win 1500th Man United game

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to end his Manchester United reign in style by winning his 1500th game in charge of the club

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Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the 2012-13 Premier League trophy Photo: Back Page Images

Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is desperate to end his Manchester United reign on a high by winning the 1500th game of his Red Devils career.

The 71-year-old is set to retire after the trip to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday following a decorated 26-year spell at the 20-time English champions.

Ferguson, who will be replaced by David Moyes on 1 July, masterminded the club’s 13th Premier League crown this season as he restored United to the top of English football.

However, the Red Devils boss is still hungry for more and wants to end his time at the club with three points against the Baggies at the Hawthorns this weekend.

“1500 games – it’s incredible,” Ferguson told his final news conference on Friday.

“West Brom have done fantastically, every team wants to win their last home game and obviously I want to win this one more than last week’s even.

“I don’t have any injury problems. I’ll make a few changes – maybe a few younger players will play.

“Anders [Lindegaard] will be in goal. I don’t have Rafael so I need to make a decision about right-back. I want to play Jones and Evans at centre-back – they could be the future.

“Rio [Ferdinand] and [Nemanja] Vidic will have to have a place on the bench! I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be great.”

Ferguson also insists he will be kept occupied during his retirement despite no longer having to fulfill the day-to-day demands of club management.

“I’m driven to take on some challenges and some other things right away. I’ve got the league managers’ meeting on Monday, Newmarket Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I’m going on holiday, the Derby on 1 June, then the operation, then the recuperation, then the season starts.”

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