Man United   2

Hernandez (39), Ferdinand (87)

Swansea City   1

Michu (49)

Sunday 12 May Old Trafford | Attendance: 75,572

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04/08/2013 17:32, Report by Ben Hibbs

Champions bid farewell to Sir Alex

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On an unforgettable afternoon at Old Trafford, Manchester United supporters heralded their champions and bade emotional farewells to Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes before, during and after this 2-1 victory over Swansea.

Javier Hernandez slid home the opener shortly before half-time of a match in which United bossed possession, only for Michu to draw the visitors level after the interval. Swansea improved markedly and either side could have won it in an open second half, but it was left to unlikely hero Rio Ferdinand to blast home a Stretford End winner with three minutes left.

The goal made Rio the 20th United player to score a league goal in the 20th title-winning season, providing neat symmetry and a thrilling finish to a game which flickered without truly igniting. Yet the game itself would never match the occasion; Old Trafford swayed and resounded all afternoon in appreciation of two great servants and the return of the Barclays Premier League trophy.

Both teams had formed a guard of honour ahead of kick-off, allowing Sir Alex to enter the arena to a rapturous, spine-tingling reception in which over quarter of a century of residual gratitude poured in the direction of one man. And it was fitting that United's most successful manager ever departed the scene of so many triumphs having added his 13th, and final, league title to a trophy cabinet he has decorated so lavishly.


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