Where are they now? Man Utd's team from Sir Alex's Last Dance 🏆

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Dan Burke

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It’s been seven years since Sir Alex Ferguson said goodbye to Manchester United.

The legendary Scot sealed his retirement in the best way possible by winning the club’s 20th Premier League title.

And his last game in charge was a crazy 5-5 draw at West Brom on the final day of the 2012/13 season.

Here’s what the starting XI from that game are up to now …


Anders Lindegaard

Despite making just 29 appearances in his whole time at the club, Lindegaard was a United player for five years in total until he finally left to join West Brom in 2015.

Spells at Preston North End and Burnley followed, before the 36-year-old Danish goalkeeper ended up at Swedish side Helsingborgs.


Antonio Valencia

A United stalwart at right-back for an entire decade, Valencia went on to captain the club before finally saying his goodbyes at the end of last season.

The 34-year-old Ecuadorian is now back in his homeland playing for L.D.U. Quito.


Phil Jones

We’re sure Jones himself must wonder sometimes how he’s still a United player.

Signed by Ferguson in 2011, the 28-year-old will be in line for a testimonial if he’s still at Old Trafford this time next year.


Jonny Evans

It didn’t seem like it at the time, but letting Evans ago was one of United’s biggest transfer mistakes in recent times.

The Northern Irishman left the club to join West Brom in 2015 and now playing for Leicester aged 32, he is up there with the best centre-backs in the Premier League.


Alexander Büttner

We have to admit, we’d pretty much forgotten all about Büttner before we sat down to write this piece.

The Dutch left-back ended up making a total of 28 appearances for United before leaving to join Dynamo Moscow in 2014.

He has since played for Anderlecht and Vitesse, and can currently be found playing for MLS side New England Revolution.


Tom Cleverley

Cleverley really looked the business during his first couple of years at United but sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.

After spending the 2014/15 season on loan at Aston Villa, he left to join Everton permanently in 2015 and now plays for Watford.

He’s 30 now but we still think of him as a youngster.


Michael Carrick

One of the best midfielders Ferguson ever signed, Carrick hung up his boots in 2018 having won 10 major trophies in a United shirt.

The 38-year-old is now passing on his wisdom to the current crop as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s backroom staff.


Anderson

Like Cleverley, Anderson was a United player who unfortunately never quite hit the heights expected of him.

The Brazilian spent nine years at the club before leaving in 2014, first to join Fiorentina on loan and then to Internacional back in his homeland.

Still only 32, he was last seen playing for Turkish side Adana Demirspor and announced his retirement from the game in September 2019.


Shinji Kagawa

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was in many ways the second coming of Kagawa given that he too came from Borussia Dortmund with great expectations but ended up flopping pretty badly.

The Japanese playmaker spent just two years at United before returning to Dortmund in 2014.

He has since played for Beşiktaş and is now with Spanish second division side Real Zaragoza.


Robin van Persie

What a signing Van Persie was for United.

After netting 30 goals in that title-winning season, the Dutch maestro spent one more year at the club before leaving for Fenerbahçe.

He retired back at boyhood club Feyenoord in 2019 and though he’s 36 now, we bet he’s still quality at 5-a-side.


Javier Hernández

Ah Chicharito.

He may not be the greatest striker ever to have worn the famous red shirt, but he scored 59 goals in 157 games for United before leaving to join Bayer Leverkusen (via a short loan move to Real Madrid) in 2015.

The 31-year-old has since been back in the Premier League with West Ham, and now plays for LA Galaxy.