Manchester United latest: Including West Brom reaction and Moyes starts

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Manchester United drew 5-5 with West Brom at the Hawthorns in Sunday’s final Premier League fixture of the season and Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever game in charge.

Ferguson saluted the fans for the last time after 1,500 games in charge of the Red Devils and his players and staff posed for photos with the greatest manager of all time after the game.

Wayne Rooney missed the final game of the season to be with his wife Coleen who is due to give birth to their second child.

Ferguson insisted new boss David Moyes will address Rooney’s future in the coming weeks and months, amidst speculation the striker could leave Old Trafford.

“I haven’t spoken to David about it. I’m sure he’ll address it when he gets here,” said the Scot.

“I’ve no idea [why Wayne wants to leave]. It’s not my department. I’m no longer interested in that.”

Ferguson insisted David Moyes will have his own ideas and encouraged the players and fans to get behind him.

“He’s got a good squad of players and he’ll want to add players to that himself I’m sure. He’ll have his own ideas which is good. He’ll be fine,” he assured.

Ferguson also ‘ordered’ the players never to call him ‘Boss’ again.

“You’ve been fantastic servants to me. We’ve achieved some great things 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,” he joked.

“Call me anything but that. Call me whatever you’ve called me behind my back for years — but just not Boss.”

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick thanked the boss for all he’s done at the club and outlined the players’ gratitude to the retiring manager after 26 years.

"We've thanked the manager for everything he's done and he's thanked us. We're ready to move on. We've had a busy couple of weeks and there is a new challenge ahead for all of us to look forward to," he said.

Moyes set to work for his first meet and greet with his backroom staff at the training ground this morning.

Whilst he does not officially replace Sir Alex until July 1st he admitted he will be starting in his official capacity as manager from now.

"I'll probably be doing two jobs for the next week or so,” he explained following Everton’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.

Robin van Persie has expressed his ‘hunger’ for more medals after winning his first title medal this term with the Red Devils.

“It only gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next season we can win the double,” said the Dutch ace.

In other news, Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard insisted he ‘never’ could have joined United, despite rumours linking him with a shock move to Old Trafford this summer.

Following him signing a contract extension with the Blues last week, he revealed:

"I can't imagine being anywhere else after playing for 12 years at Chelsea. I have a lot of respect for other clubs, particularly the top ones, but I couldn't do it."

Finally, United’s U21s face Tottenham at Old Trafford this evening as they go in search of trophy in the final game of the U21 Premier League season.

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