Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 19 May
1. This wasn’t a round of Premier League fixtures: it was the world’s best attended leaving do. Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Steve Harper, Rafa Benitez and Mark Halsey were all saying goodbye.
2. Fergie won’t be forgetting his final game in management for a while. Manchester United’s draw with West Brom – SAF’s first ever 5-5 – was a timely reminder that you’ve never seen it all in football.
3. Richard Scudamore will be cursing the Premier League fixture computer for pairing Arsenal and Tottenham with Newcastle and Sunderland on the final day. The Champions League qualification denouement had about as many twists and turns as a Roman road.
4. If that was Gareth Bale’s last game for Tottenham could there have been a more fitting end than a spectacular goal and a harsh booking for diving? We think not.
5. Chris Hughton threw his hat into the ring for the Manchester City job in some style. Brian Kidd didn’t.
6. Newcastle’s tea lady will be forced to go another season without a Sky Sports’ subscription. The Magpies’ defeat to Arsenal meant she lost out on a share of Mike Ashley’s millions.
7. Jamie Carragher decided to bow out as Carradona: chancing his arm with a Hand of God impersonation and hitting the post with a long-range effort.
8. Premier League crowds need to become a bit less sentimental. After Newcastle fans managed to impair the vision of their goalkeeper, it’s only a matter of time before an emotional tribute causes genuine harm to a team.
9. It was a day for reinvention. Jonny Howson became Lionel Messi, Jack Rodwell became a Manchester City player and Fernando Torres became Fernando Torres.
10. Full marks to Philippe Coutinho for ensuring the Premier League signed off for the summer with a timely reminder of why we’re getting goal-line technology.