Outgoing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson pleaded with his players not to call him "boss" ever again, paving way for David Moyes to have full control over the first-team squad from the start of next season.

The 71-year-old Scot bowed out in scintillating fashion on Sunday - in his 1500th game in charge of the Red Devils - following a 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

It was a fitting end to Ferguson's 26-year reign at Old Trafford, as the most successful manager in British football history played his part in adding another record - the first time in Premier League history that both teams have scored five goals.

Now set to take a backseat role as a Manchester United director and club ambassador, Ferguson joked with his players after announcing his retirement in an emotional speech, that they are free to call him whatever they like - as long as it's not "boss".

"You've been fantastic servants to me. We've achieved some great things," he is quoted as saying by The Sun. "And if all that we've done together means anything to you, there's just one thing I'd ask of you all.

"After I've gone and we bump into each other, I don't want to hear you call me Boss ever again. Call me anything but that. Call me whatever you've called me behind my back for years — but just not Boss.

"You'll have a new boss by then and he's the only one you should call that."

Ferguson's shock speech came just hours before the official announcement that the Manchester United legend would retire at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, with Everton boss Moyes set to take over from July 1.

 

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