Alex Ferguson marked 25 years in charge of Manchester United with a 1-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland.
An unremarkable game was settled in the final minute of the first half when defender Wes Brown headed into his own net on his first return to his former club since leaving in July.
Ferguson walked onto the pitch through a guard of honor formed by United and Sunderland, which was managed by former United defender Steve Bruce. A crowd of 75,570 gave Ferguson an ovation and chief executive David Gill announced the north stand was being renamed after him.
"It was a long day," Ferguson said. "I was worried we wouldn't play well. I thought we were anxious. Sometimes these emotional occasions _ which for me it was _ get through to them."
On the pitch, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand started together in United's defense for the first time since the opening day of the season. Anders Lindegaard played in goal.
Bruce's team was dealt a blow in the opening moments when Connor Wickham rolled his ankle and had to be replaced by Ji Dong-wan as United dominated but failed to seriously test goalkeeper Keiran Westwood.
Javier Hernandez looked to have a chance when he was played in by Darren Fletcher but the Mexico forward went down easily under pressure from Sebastian Larsson and referee Lee Mason waved away United's calls for a penalty.
At the other end, Larsson had a shot deflected behind by Patrice Evra and Lindegaard pushed away Nicklas Bendtner's effort from the edge of the area.
But United started getting closer and Phil Jones volleyed over the bar, Westwood blocked Nani's effort from a tight angle and Nani then sent over the cross that Brown headed into his own net under pressure from Danny Welbeck.