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2 vs 1
Played
May 12, 2013 4:00 PM BST
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 75572‎
 
Top of the Match
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
Man Utd.
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson
Man Utd.
Flop of the Match
Pablo Hernández
Pablo Hernández
Swansea
Pablo Hernández
Pablo Hernández
Swansea

Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City: Late Rio Ferdinand winner a fitting send-off for Ferguson

Michu had threatened to spoil the party after Chicharito's opener but the Red Devils' greatest ever manager ended his reign at Old Trafford with a typically well-timed victory

By George Ankers

EPL - Manchester United v Swansea City, Sir Alex Ferguson
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Rio Ferdinand's late strike ensured that an emotional Old Trafford said goodbye to Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes fittingly as Manchester United beat Swansea City 2-1 and received the Premier League trophy.

Chicharito poked home close to half-time after an Ashley Williams mistake but Michu struck soon after the break, exposing a slight lack of verve from United as the momentous occasion occupied the foreground.

In typical Ferguson fashion, however, the Red Devils rallied late on and Ferdinand delivered the fairytale ending when he capitalised on a poorly defended corner.

Scholes lined up for his final home game in a strong team, though Wayne Rooney was excluded from the squad and watched grumpily from an executive box as all three of United's other frontline strikers started. Neil Taylor and Michu returned for Swansea while Gerhard Tremmel stood in for Michel Vorm in goal.

Welcomed onto the pitch by a storm of cheers and flags, Ferguson accepted the adoration of Old Trafford before making way and United started the game aggressively. Chicharito nearly opened the scoring within four minutes when his acutely angled shot came off the underside of the crossbar.

However, the game died down in spite of the occasion, neither side impressing and United occasionally over-elaborating their attacking play.

Finally, though, the hosts got the goal that the day demanded. In the 39th minute, Robin van Persie delivered from a free kick and caught out Williams, off whose shin the ball bounced into the path of Chicharito. The Mexican poked it underneath Tremmel even as he fell back on the wet pitch.

It was nearly two before half-time as Van Persie took aim with his left foot but the Swans keeper deflected it away, United's lead at the break a slender one.

Any chance of a procession evaporated just after the restart, however, when Michu darted in front of the diving Phil Jones and dispatched Nathan Dyer's cross past David de Gea with a clever mid-air finish.

They were a whisker away from a second shortly after when Wayne Routledge nudged his shot just wide of the far post, having been put through down the left by a one-two with Michu. Despite everything, Swansea had more purpose and De Gea had to deny Pablo Hernandez just after the hour mark in a threatening break.

Needing to wake up, United riposted at last but Danny Welbeck's low cross fizzed just out of the lunging Chicharito's reach.

Then came Scholes's goodbye, withdrawn in the 66th minute to a raucous salute but modestly refusing to milk it, sharing only a simple handshake with his manager. His replacement, Anderson, nearly took the roof off when he blasted a long-range just wide.

There was time, too, for a fitting appearance off the bench from Ryan Giggs as the half wore on, Ferguson's most faithful servant there at the last.

It was a more unlikely figure who secured the victory, however, Ferdinand hammering home his first goal in five years to delight the Old Trafford faithful and his ecstatic boss. As they always did, Ferguson's United had found a way in the end.


Man Utd.

1
David de Gea
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Patrice Evra
Defender
2.50
4
Phil Jones
Defender
3.50
5
Rio Ferdinand
Defender
87′
3.00
15
Nemanja Vidic
Defender
3.00
16
Michael Carrick
Midfielder
2.50
18
Paul Scholes
Midfielder
66′
3.50
19
Danny Welbeck
Striker
66′
3.00
20
3.50
26
Shinji Kagawa
Midfielder
2.50

Swansea

3.00
25
2.50
3
Neil Taylor
Defender
66′
3.50
4
Chico
Defender
3.00
6
3.00
21
3.00
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
3.50
9
Michu
Midfielder
49′ 74′
2.50
11
4.00
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
49′
3.00
15
3.00
20

Substitutes

13
 - 
6
Jonny Evans
Defender
 - 
28
 - 
25
2.50
8
Anderson
Midfielder
66′
3.00
11
Ryan Giggs
Midfielder
75′
 - 
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
David Cornell
Goalkeeper
2.50
22
3.00
33
Ben Davies
Defender
66′
 - 
26
Kemy Agustien
Midfielder
87′
 - 
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
 - 
9

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0