Sir Alex Ferguson says goodbye to Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson will walk out of the Old Trafford tunnel as Manchester United manager for the final time on Sunday as the club hosts Swansea City in its last home match of the season.

The 71-year-old Ferguson will bid farewell to the massive club he helped build after he announced Wednesday that he would retire at the conclusion of the season, bringing his 26-and-a-half years in charge at United to a halt.

He leaves an unprecedented legacy in his wake, winning a total of 38 trophies highlighted by the 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League titles and five FA Cup titles.

While it is sure to be a sad day at the Theater of Dreams, there will be cause for celebration as the Red Devils will be presented with the Premier League trophy, which they clinched with a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa on April 22.

It will be the final piece of silverware that Ferguson puts in United's trophy cabinet before he hands the reins over to Everton manager David Moyes.

Moyes was hand-picked by Ferguson himself to take the United throne and the 50-year-old was revealed as United's new boss on Thursday, announcing a six- year deal to man the Old Trafford touchline. He will bid farewell to Goodison Park on Sunday when the Toffees host West Ham United.

It has been said that Moyes is cut from the same cloth as Ferguson. Not only are both bosses Scottish, but their respective management styles and their ability to command the respect of the players has been heralded. Moyes even received a vote of confidence from long-time United defender Rio Ferdinand, who is looking forward to working with his new manager next term.

"It's great to see the new manager coming in, we've never had a problem with him here at United, he's a very honest man from the players you speak to and he's done a fantastic job at his previous club Everton," Ferdinand said. "I'm sure he'll be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and try and continue that and not come in and try and make crazy changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club."

With Swansea and West Ham having little to play for in their final two matches of the season, Sunday's matches at Old Trafford and Goodison Park will force all eyes on Ferguson and Moyes as they say goodbye before embarking on new life endeavors.

While the title race is all sewn up, the race for fourth place and the relegation battle are heating up.

Only three points separate third place from fifth place, leaving Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in contention for Champions League football next season. Any misstep could cost any London side a place in Europe's most prestigious club competition.

Chelsea will attempt to put pressure on its competitors by claiming maximum points against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday. Tottenham can answer early on Sunday with its result against Stoke City at the Britannia while Arsenal will have to wait until Tuesday when it hosts Wigan at the Emirates to have its say.

At the other end of the table, Wigan occupies the final relegation spot with 35 points and will most likely need to take maximum points from its final two matches in order to remain in the Premier League next season.

Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich City each sit three points ahead of the Latics. They will take on QPR, Southampton and West Bromwich, respectively, on Sunday.

Rounding up the weekend action, Fulham welcomes Liverpool to Craven Cottage on Sunday while Manchester City's FA Cup final clash with Wigan on Saturday means that the Citizens will face Reading at the Madejski in Premier League play on Tuesday.