Sir Alex Ferguson brought the curtain down on his glorious 39-year managerial career in astonishing fashion as Manchester United drew 5-5 at West Brom in a match of incredible twists.
Goals from Shinji Kagawa and Alex Buttner either side of a Jonas Olsson own goal put the champions three goals ahead with barely a third of the 1,500th and final game of Ferguson?s United career played.
James Morrison and half-time substitute Romelu Lukaku reduced the deficit to a single goal with strikes either side of the half-time break but Robin van Persie?s 30th goal of the season and a Javier Hernandez tap-in appeared to have handed United a comprehensive win.
But two more goals from Lukaku, whose hat-trick spanned just 40 minutes, either side of Youssouf Mulumbu?s strike, in a five-minute spell late on gave West Brom a share of the spoils.
It marred the send-off for Sir Alex, whose 26-and-a-half years in the United dugout ended shortly before 6pm when referee Michael Oliver blew the whistle on one of the most memorable Premier League matches of all.
Before the match, the Scot had been given a guard of honour by the two sets of players as he entered the pristine Hawthorns pitch on what was a glorious afternoon.
With both home and away fans rising to their feet to give the 71-year-old a standing ovation, he responded by lifting his arms above his head and waving to all parts, including his family in the Cyrille Regis suite.
One of the many Ferguson banners in the away end summed up the feelings of the United fans lucky enough to get tickets for this landmark fixture: ?For 26 years, you gave us the world?.
Ferguson was not the only giant of British football ending his top-flight career. Paul Scholes, in his 718th and final United game, had a 26-minute cameo that featured a series of tackles that verged on the reckless.