FT: West Brom 5 Man Utd 5

Well, I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have, and here's wishing you all a great rest of your Sunday! Until we meet again next season! Cheers all!

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And that's it! And unbelievable game at the Hawthorns has ended West Brom 5, Manchester United 5! It's probably not the farewell Sir Alex Ferguson had been hoping for, but it was a thrilling encounter none the less, and will live on in the memory for many, many years to come!

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So close for Albion now as Chris Brunt's delivery almost picks out the head of Marc-Antoine Fortune, but the ball just flies over him and behind for a goal-kick.

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Robin van Persie thinks he should have a penalty after going down from pressure by Gareth McAuley while attempting a shot, although the referee is having none of it and rightfully waves play-on.

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There's be four minutes added on here for one of these sides to find what would be a sensational winner on the final day of the Premier League season.

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We're entering the final stages of this game, and is there to be even more late drama?

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You cannot make this stuff up! Unbelievable scenes here as Romelu Lukaku completes a second-half hat-trick to level the scores at 5-5! IT was another substitute, Marc-Antoine Fortune, who set to goal-up, cushioning a deep delivery down into the path of his team-mate, who eventually managed to bundle the ball over the line after his initial shot had been saved point-blank.

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GOAL! West Brom 5-5 Manchester United! Romelu Lukaku!

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Unbelievable scenes here at the Hawthorns, and West Brom are on the verge of a stunning comeback. It's two goals in 60 seconds for the hosts, with Romelu Lukaku scoring the first with a lovely finish into the bottom corner after being played in behind the defence, while Youssouf Mulumbu then makes it 4-5 with a low finish following some intricate build-up on the edge of the area. Eight minutes remaining in this one, and are we in for the unbelievable? I wouldn't rule it out, you know.

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GOAL! West Brom 4-5 Manchester United! Youssouf Mulumbu!

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GOAL! West Brom 3-5 Manchester United! Romelu Lukaku!

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Billy Jones goes on a barn-storming run through the middle of the park to set himself up for a decent chance from the edge of the area, but he gets his shot all wrong and hits the ball down into the ground, allowing Anders Lindegaard to make a simple save.

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Double change for Albion now as Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on for James Morrison, while Shane Long makes way for Markus Rosenberg.

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Alexander Buttner is having an excellent game this afternoon, and he's just clipped the crossbar now with a cross that was intended for the far-post, while Antonio Valencia is only able to skew the rebound miles wide, despite having found himself with plenty of time and space to shoot.

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The hosts have become very quiet here in the last couple, although as I write that they come within an inch of scoring a third, James Morrison pulling the ball back for Romelu Lukaku, who looks to send another pin-point effort into the far-corner, but this time he's just off as his first-time hit fizzes the wrong side of the up-right.

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Up and the other end and it should be 6-2 to United as they break three-on-two, with Van Persie clipping the ball over to the unmarked Javier Hernandez, who in turn tries to set the ball down for Paul Scholes, but the Mexican has not been at his best this afternoon and that shows now as his attempted cushion down flies off his boot and behind for a goal-kick.

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Romelu Lukaku tries for the spectacular now as he lines up a free-kick some 35 yards out, but he doesn't quite get the right connection and scuffs his shot wide of the target.

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The Manchester United fans, and West Brom ones alike, rise to their feet to give Paul Scholes a huge round of applause as he takes to the field for his final game for the Red Devils. Shinji Kagawa is the man he replaces, with the Japan international having put in another impressive display in the middle of the park.

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Jonas Olsson has a golden chance to make up for his earlier own-goal as he finds himself completely unmarked at the far-post to get on the end of a deep delivery, but he somehow contrives to lift the ball over the bar from just a foot or two out from goal. An almost unimaginable miss from the defender, who hasn't exactly enjoyed the best game of the season today.

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This really has been a devastating attacking display from Manchester United, and a five-star farewell for Sir Alex Ferguson, who is beaming down on the touchline, and rightfully so.

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He's fluffed a couple of chances this afternoon, but Javier Hernandez can hardly miss this one as Shinji Kagawa sends Ryan Giggs free down the right, with the Welshman playing the ball right across the face of goal for the Little Pea to simply tap home from one yard out.

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GOAL! West Brom 2-5 Manchester United! Javier Hernandez!

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Ryan Giggs shows just a glimpse of his brilliance with a wonderful ball to pick out Robin van Persie, but the Dutchman's attempted delivery into the area is quickly closed down.

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United do make a change, but it's United's other veteran midfielder, Ryan Giggs, who gets the nod, the 39-year-old coming on Tom Cleverley.

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Grahama Dorrans almost pulls one out the top drawer with a fierce long-range drive, but he doesn't get the right dip as his effort flashes just over the crossbar.

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It looks like Sir Alex Ferguson is readying some substitutes, with Paul Scholes believed to be ready to come on for what would be his final appearance as a professional footballer before retiring from the game.

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Almost a fifth for United now as Van Persie and Valencia exchange roles, the Dutchman looking to set up his team-mate with a slide-rule pass, but the winger's attempted hit at goal is closed down and West Brom escape.

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That didn't take long at all, did it? It's Antonio Valencia again who does all the hard work, picking up the ball on the wing before making his way to the by-line, and he's able to play a 45 degree ball back across the face of goal, where Robin van Persie is on hand to turn home his 26th Premier League goal of the campaign.

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GOAL! West Brom 2-4 Manchester United! Robin van Persie!

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Instant impact it is! The Chelsea man has been in absolutely blistering form this season, and Romelu Lukaku will head back to Stamford Bridge in the summer with the very real hopes of breaking into the first-team. He does it all himself for this goal, picking up a loose ball out wide before cutting in and picking his corner before rolling a brilliant finish past Anders Lindegaard and into the back of the net.

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GOAL! West Brom 2-3 Manchester United! Romelu Lukaku!

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West Brom have started the half brightly, and Romelu Lukaku looks to make an instant impact after driving at goal, but his shot is blocked point-blank range.

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One change at the break to tell you about, with Romelu Lukaku making his final appearance for West Brom before returning to Chelsea, coming on from Liam Ridgewell.

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And we're back up and running for the second-half here at the Hawthorns!

Dave Lawrence says: United in blistering form with all of Sir Alex's boys on top form to impress David Moyes, who will want a war chest and probably 3 or 4 players from Everton. Steve Clarke's Albion know their places are safe for next season as Peace won't spend money. Different motivations and it shows...

Kyle Forster writes in: Cracking start for united! Just shows how good we can be and how versatile our players are! Fergie has done a world class performance this year intact every year! Best manager in the history of the game! And look how his team repay him amazing! Come on united!!

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The referee brings the first-half to a close, and although West Brom have threatened in the last five minutes, United take a commanding 3-1 lead into the break. Something tells me we haven't seen the last goal here this afternoon, so join me after the break to find out.

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What a challenge from Johnny Evans as he denies Shane Long a great goal-scoring chance! James Morrison creates the move, breaking in behind the defence before playing the ball across goal to set-up his team-mate, but United's Evans just gets a boot in to block Long's shot, which is deflected away from goal.

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The fourth official's board goes up and shows there will be two minutes of time added on here at the end of the first-half.

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Here's Javier Hernandez again as he's played in by Tom Cleverley, although this time the striker manages to test the goalkeeper, but sees his shot save. The danger's not over yet though as the ball then pings off Billy Jones before looping over the gloveman, but he just manages to track back to get fingertips on the ball to tip the effort over the crossbar and away to safety.

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Well, well, well! The Baggies managed to pull one back, and it's very soft one for United to concede, it must be said. Graham Dorrans is the architect, picking up the ball before breaking down the line and squaring the ball back for James Morrison, who manages to get goal-side of his marker to just toe-poke the ball past Anders Lindegaard.

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GOAL! West Brom 1-3 Manchester United! James Morrison!

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Another really good chance for Manchester United, but another really poor miss from Javier Hernandez. The move starts with Anderson lumped a long pass to pick out Antonio Valencia, who does really well to keep the ball in while simultaneously setting up his team-mate, but the striker, with all the time and space to aim for goal, can only stab his effort wide of Ben Foster's far-post.

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Ben Hugill emails in: What a great start for United! Only a fitting send off for Fergie. I'm predicting another two at least, Anderson and Chicha!

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Despite the score-line, West Brom have actually started to enjoy a much more even distribution of the possession, although United's defenders look as sharp as their forwards, and so far Albion are yet to get a sniff of goal.

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Well, we're so far enjoying a scoring ratio of one goal every 10 minutes, but it's more down to a certain swagger about United's play rather than a lack of effort from the West Brom defenders - they've just got no answer for the free-flowing football so often associated with Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils.

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Brilliant team goal from United, and they've got their third. The play starts at the back, with the defenders bridging the gap to the midfield, with the ball eventually being played to Tom Cleverley, who slides an inch-perfect pass through for Alexander Buttner, whose first-time hit flies into the far corner of the net.

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GOAL! West Brom 0-3 Manchester United! Alexander Buttner!

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The Baggies are giving Antonio Valencia far too much time and space on the wing, especially considering the midfielder started at right-back this afternoon.

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Sam Dawson writes in: I say That this is one good exciting game to end sir alex's career. my prediction: Manchester united 4 west brom 1

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Sir Bobby Charlton watches on from the stands this afternoon, with the United legend having been part of the board that initially appointed Ferguson as manager all those years ago.

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United should bee three-up now as Michael Carrick delivers a peach of a ball to perfectly pick out the head of Javier Hernandez, who is waiting completely unmarked, but Chicharito gets his header all wrong and sends his effort back across the face of goal.

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Graham Dorrans works himself a half-yard of space on the edge of the area to create a good shooting chance, but he doesn't quite get the connection right and drags his effort wide of the mark.

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West Brom enjoy their best spell of possession and work the ball around well, although Graham Dorrans' eventual shot is closed down point-blank by Anderson.

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A rare chance in the first-half for West Brom to get the ball into the United area with a free-kick some 40-yards out, but Chris Brunt's delivery is far too deep, with James Morrison only able to head he ball behind.

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Lovely move from United now which Robin van Persie starts with a delightful cross-field ball to pick out Antonio Valencia, who breaks through on goal before slipping the ball to Javier Hernandez, who in turn tries to find Shinji Kagawa, but his first-time touch is just too heavy and the ball fizzes behind for a goal-kick.

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The Baggies are still struggling to string together more than a handful of passes, while United have been the exact opposite and are playing the ball around with ease.

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The travelling Manchester United fans are loving every minute of this and are singing at the top of their lungs. They'll be hoping for much more goals this afternoon, though, as they look to give Sir Alex Ferguson a fitting farewell present.

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No even 10 minutes gone and it's 2-0 to Manchester United, with Antonio Valencia played out on the wing before cutting in and drilling his effort across the face of goal, and Jonas Olsson can only stick out a leg to send the ball flying past his own goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

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GOAL! West Brom 0-2 Manchester United! Jonas Olsson own-goal!

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It's taken Man United just six minutes to open the scoring in what is a very ominous sign for West Brom. Javier Hernandez does all the hard work, chasing down what appeared to be a lost cause to keep the ball in play before waiting for support to arrive in the form of Shinji Kagawa, who smartly headed home the Mexico international's delivery. Almost too easy there as the Japan international got goal-side of his marker for a simple finish.

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GOAL! West Brom 0-1 Manchester United! Shinji Kagawa!

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West Brom are struggling to get the ball off United, who have dominated possession in the opening stages. To be fair to West Brom, the Red Devils haven't done too much with it as yet, although they're getting in plenty of confidence boosting touches at the back.

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United are looking sharp in the opening stages and Antonio Valencia goes on a storming run down the right wing before playing the ball inside to Shinji Kagawa, but his attempted return pass is over-hit and the defence can see the ball out to safety.

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We're up and running here at the Hawthorns!

The West Brom players are out on the field and line up to welcome Manchester United and their imperial manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Dovydas K writes in: Buttner is starting, we gonna see some serious stuff from this lad. 3-0 for Man Utd with Chicha and anderson definitely on the score sheet.

We're around 10 minutes away from the kick-off now, with Sir Alex Ferguson set to walk out to a guard of honour at the Hawthorns to celebrate the Manchester United manager's unbelievable career in the English top-flight.

Cian Hughes says: Heya, very dissapointed to see all the last games of the BPL! and to see so many legends retire! but I think West Brom will be absolutely amazing today, 2-1 West Brom!:)

We've got our first caller of the afternoon, with Rog emailing in: Valencia at right back .. that is where i would keep him and play Raf on the right wing .. 3 - 1 win for United today .. Good luck to David Moyes when he takes over as boss.

For West Brom, Steve Clarke makes four changes to the side that plummeted to a 4-0 defeat to Norwich, with Billy Jones, Liam Ridgewell, Graham Dorrans and Chris Brunt all coming into the starting XI.

So, Paul Scholes starts his final game for Manchester United on the bench, alongside Rio Ferdinans Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs. A surprise inclusion sees Kosovo-born Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj take his place on the pine, with the 18-year-old tipped for big things after having joined Man United from the Anderlecht academy two seasons ago.

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt, Long Subs: Myhill, Popov, Rosenberg, Lukaku, Dawson, Tamas, Fortune

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Valencia, Evans, Jones, Buttner, Anderson, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa, van Persie, Hernandez Subs: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Giggs, Vidic, Scholes, Januzaj

Right, let's have a look at the team sheets...

There's still around 20 minutes to go until the kick-off, so why not take the opportunity to get involved by emailing your thoughts, predictions or anything football to ryan.gordon@teamtalkmedia.com, and I'll share them here with the rest of our readers.

Care to make it a little more interesting? Well, our friends at Sky Bet have West Brom at 3/1 to spoil Ferguson's party today, but Man United are firm favourites to keep the celebrations going at 10/11 while a draw will fetch you 11/4.

West Brom, meanwhile, have had plenty to cheer about at the Hawthorns, and despite having failed to live up to their blistering early-season form, the side have still managed to leave themselves in eighth position heading into the final day of the campaign. However, defeat could see Steve Clarke's men finish in ninth, depending on Swansea City's result at home against Fulham in one of the other nine simultaneous kick-offs this afternoon.

David Beckham was another to say goodbye to the game, with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid maestro having played his final match as a professional footballer for Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, while Steve Harper will bring an end to his 20-year career with Newcastle when they face Arsenal at St James' Park. It could also be bye-bye Wayne Rooney, if you believe the reports coming out of the media mill, with the United striker believed to be keen on a move away from Manchester this summer, with the Gunners and Monaco tipped to be interested in the England international's services.

In fact, it is not only the United pair of Fergie and Scholesie who will be involved in farewells today, with David Moyes, Jamie Carragher and Rafael Benitez set to bid bon voyage to Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, with the Toffees boss set to take over the reins at Old Trafford next season while Carra calls time on his career and Benitez finishes his spell as Blues' interim boss.

To add even more history to the occasion, there is also old boy Paul Scholes who, for the second time, will retire from professional football. So, despite the lack of permutations of the match itself, it will still be a hugely emotional day for the Red Devils as they come to the end of an epic chapter in their glittering history.

Little has stood in the way of United's march towards their 20th English top-flight title, with Sir Alex Ferguson capping off a quite stupendous career at Old Trafford with the 2012/13 crown - his 13th since taking over some 26 years ago. You can also add to that trophy haul five FA Cups, four League Cups, two European Cups and one Club World Cup to leave the 71-year-old as the most successful British manager of all time, while this, his 1,500th match in charge of United, will begin with a guard of honour to celebrate his quite unbelievable achievements in the game.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, I'm Ryan Gordon and I'll be taking you through all the action as Premier League champions-elect Manchester United close out the season against West Brom at the Hawthorns. Kick-off is at 16:00 GMT.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Hull City v C Palace  
Leicester v Burnley  
Liverpool v West Brom  
Sunderland v Stoke  
Swansea v Newcastle  
17:30
A Villa v Man City  
Sunday, 05 October 2014
12:00
Man Utd v Everton  
14:05
Chelsea v Arsenal  
Tottenham v Southampton  
16:15
West Ham v QPR  
Saturday, 18 October 2014
12:45
Man City v Tottenham  
15:00
Arsenal v Hull City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 12 16
2 Southampton 6 7 13
3 Man City 6 5 11
4 Arsenal 6 4 10
5 Swansea 6 2 10
6 A Villa 6 -3 10
7 Man Utd 6 2 8
8 Tottenham 6 1 8
9 C Palace 6 0 8
10 West Brom 6 0 8
11 Stoke 6 0 8
12 Leicester 6 -1 8
13 West Ham 6 0 7
14 Liverpool 6 -1 7
15 Everton 6 -2 6
16 Hull City 6 -2 6
17 Sunderland 6 -1 5
18 QPR 6 -9 4
19 Newcastle 6 -7 3
20 Burnley 6 -7 3

Updated Tue, 30 Sep 2014

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