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PREMIER LEAGUE: Fergie bows out at Old Trafford

ALL CHANGE:Paul Scholes also made his final Old Trafford appearance before he retires for a second time, while Wayne Rooney has asked the club for a transfer

AFP and Reuters, LONDON

In another sign of the changing times at Old Trafford, Paul Scholes made his farewell appearance after announcing that he is to retire for the second time.

The final game of Ferguson’s United reign will be at West Bromwich Albion next Sunday.

While Ferguson and Moyes have some measure of control over their immediate futures, the same cannot be said of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.

A year on from leading City to the Premier League title, Mancini was the subject of widespread reports he was about to be sacked after his side’s shock 1-0 FA Cup defeat by underdogs Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

Reports in Spain suggested that Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has already been lined up to take over at City.

Mancini did his case little good when he criticized City’s Abu Dhabi owners for not quelling the uncertainty over his future.

“I don’t know why the club didn’t stop this, because I didn’t think it was correct. I don’t think that it’s true,” Mancini said.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini has denied he has spoken with City over the possibility of replacing Mancini.

“I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach, nothing has been signed and no agreement reached,” Pellegrini said on Malaga’s Web site following their 0-0 draw with Sevilla. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs are interested in me. I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit. I hope the future of this club [Malaga] will become somewhat clearer in the next few days.”

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