11:00 17th May 2013
But defender admits it will be honour to be part of Sir Alex's final game as Red Devils boss
BILLY Jones admits it will be an honour to be part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game as Manchester United boss on Sunday (ko 4pm) – but hopes to spoil the party.
The Baggies right-back was not even born when the Scot took over the reins at Old Trafford 26-and-a-half years ago.
He is now hoping to pull off a memorable victory in Ferguson’s 1,500th game in charge of the Red Devils and carry eighth-placed Albion over the 50-point mark for the season.
“I am 26 years old, so ever since I’ve been born and interested in football and Manchester United, he has been the manager,” said Jones.
“It’s strange to think he’s retiring.
“I wasn’t a United fan, but they were dominant when I was growing up. They were the No.1 force and England’s biggest team.
“Ever since I can remember they have been the No.1 team in the country.
“He has been the mainstay of the club and taken it on and on, and they are such a massive worldwide force now.
“He has spearheaded that.”
He added: “It will be one of those moments ‘where were you when Sir Alex Ferguson had his last game in charge of Manchester United?’
“Hopefully I can say I was on the pitch and we were playing well and putting in a good team performance.
“It’s a massive game with Sir Alex having his last game as Manchester United manager after 26 years.
“It’s a worldwide game that everybody will be watching, so it will be great for us as a team if we can put in a good performance, hopefully get a win and spoil the Manchester United party.
“Hopefully Sir Alex will have to retire on the back of a loss, which would be great for us because it would get us where we want to be.”