Birthday boy Ferguson 3-1 to retire in 2013

BIRTHDAY boy Sir Alex Ferguson is 71 on New Year's Eve but the Manchester United manager has shown no sign of losing his hunger and determination to succeed.

However, Betfred are betting on when Ferguson decides to leave Old Trafford with 2014 the 2-1 favourite and it’s 3-1 he departs in 2013, with the veteran Scot 14-1 to continue until at least 2017.

United will head into 2013 with a seven-point advantage at the Premier League summit and bookmakers rate them 2-5 to win the title this season.

Match in Focus

15:00 Fr 18Apr BT1

Alfreton v Grimsby

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Alfreton have not kept a clean sheet in their last six matches
Expert verdict
Alfreton have won just one of their six games since being ­deducted three points for ­fielding an ineligible player and their slim play-off hopes could be ended by a home defeat to fourth-placed Grimsby. Staying in promotion contention for so long has been a good effort for part-time Alfreton but the wheels have come off in recent weeks and they may struggle against the Mariners, who have won four of their last five away fixtures.

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