Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Manchester United's fans to stand by David Moyes when he takes over as manager next season.
As he spoke to supporters after his side's 2-1 win over Swansea yesterday in his final game at Old Trafford, Ferguson recalled the dark days of his early years at United, when he failed to win a trophy for three seasons.
And he feels Moyes needs to be afforded the same slack.
"I would like to remind you this club stood by me in bad times, the players and the staff," he said.
"Your job now is to stand by the new manager."
Ferguson insists United have not seen the end of him, and he will remain an Old Trafford regular.
"I will be able to go along and watch them rather than suffer with them," he said.
"Those last-minute goals, the comebacks and even the defeats are part of this great football club. It has been an unbelievable experience.
"I have been fortunate to manage some of the greatest player in this country, let alone Manchester United.
"They have represented our club in the proper way."
He insisted the time was right for him to bow out though, having made his mind up last December for the benefit of his wife Cathy.
"I decided at Christmas," he said.
"Cathy's sister died. She had lost her best friend and she has been isolated.
"For 47 years she has been the leader of the family. She has made a lot of sacrifices for me."
Ferguson said he had "no speech in mind" and would just "ramble on" before admitting at one point that he might start "bubbling".
"I wish the players every success," he said.
"I know how good you are. You know the jersey you are wearing and you know what it means to everyone here.
"Do not let yourselves down."
Javier Hernandez put United ahead yesterday and though Michu equalised just after half-time, Rio Ferdinand's 87th-minute winner ensured a fitting climax to Ferguson's Old Trafford experience.
Yet the Scot was not the only person to bid farewell yesterday.
As is his style, Paul Scholes disappeared into the shadows quietly, having returned to the fray for his farewell appearance after a three-and-a-half-month absence.
But in the same way as Ferguson made his mark on striker Robin van Persie, so did 38-year-old Scholes.
"Scholesy is unbelievable," said the Dutchman.
"When I first came to England I saw things I never saw before from players like Bergkamp, Henry and Pires.
"Since I came here, I have that feeling again. Scholesy can do things I have never seen in my life."