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Emotional Weekend Ahead In Premer League

moyes-fergieAll eyes will be on Old Trafford and Goodison Park on Sunday as Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes say their emotional farewells at the end of one of the most dramatic weeks in the history of the Premier League.

The world will be watching as Ferguson takes charge of United at Old Trafford for the last time, while Moyes will also be under the microscope ahead of his official move to Manchester on 1 July.

There will be more than a few tears as the 71-year-old Ferguson bids farewell, but the overriding emotion should be joyous celebration of his incredible achievements at United.

It is fitting that the Scot will depart with one last piece of silverware officially installed in the Old Trafford trophy cabinet on Sunday when United will be presented with the Premier League trophy.

This season’s title triumph was the 13th of Ferguson’s reign and the 38th trophy won by United during his reign.

While Moyes has effectively been hand-picked by Ferguson, who recommended the Scot to United owners, the Glazer family, the 50-year-old has never had to face the scrutiny he will be under at Old Trafford.

His 11-year reign at Everton has rightly earned him plenty of respect for his ability to construct a highly competitive team on a relatively limited budget and his last home match as Everton manager gives fans a chance to thank Moyes for the great job he has done on a limited budget.

While the football world keeps tabs on Ferguson and Moyes, there are other important issues in the Premier League this weekend.

Chelsea’s visit to Aston Villa on Saturday has significance at both ends of the table, with the third place Blues looking for the win that would effectively seal their place in next season’s Champions League, while Villa can guarantee their survival with a victory.

Tottenham can’t afford to drop points at Stoke as Andre Villas-Boas’s fifth placed side try to keep the pressure on Chelsea and fourth placed Arsenal, who don’t play this weekend due to Wigan’s involvement in the FA Cup final.

Newcastle, three points above the bottom three, travel to already-relegated QPR in dire need of a win.

Norwich, at home to West Bromwich Albion, and Sunderland, who host Southampton, are level on points with Newcastle and equally desperate for three points.

English Premier League fixtures

Aston Villa v Chelsea

Everton v West Ham
Fulham v Liverpool
Manchester United v Swansea
Norwich v West Brom
QPR v Newcastle
Stoke v Tottenham
Sunderland v Southampton