Rio Ferdinand scored a late winner as Alex Ferguson saw his Manchester United team beat Swansea 2-1 in his last home match as manager. Elsewhere there were wins for Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Ferguson, 71, is retiring after 26 years at United, during which he’s won 38 trophies including this year’s Premier League, its 20th English title.
Javier Hernandez gave United the lead in the 39th minute, Michu leveling the scores with a volley four minutes after halftime. The game seemed to be heading for a draw when Ferdinand got the decisive goal in the 87th minute.
Ferguson addressed the crowd after the game before the team was presented with the league trophy.
“Thank you to Manchester United, not just the directors, players, coaching staff, supporters, it’s all of you. It has been the most fantastic experience of my life,” he said. Ferguson called on the fans to give their full support to his successor, David Moyes.
“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 later confirmed that England striker Wayne Rooney has asked for a transfer from the club. He told Sky Sports that Rooney, left out of the squad today, “was not keen to play because he has asked for a transfer.”
It was a farewell game today for Paul Scholes, 38, who initially quit playing in 2011 before making a comeback. He’s made more than 700 appearances for United over 19 years.
United’s final league game is at West Brom on May 19.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Tottenham maintained its push for a top-four finish with a 2-1 win at 10-man Stoke City.
Steven N’Zonzi gave Stoke a third-minute lead and Spurs hit back with goals by Clint Dempsey, in the 20th minute, and Emmanuel Adebayor, in the 83rd. Stoke’s Charlie Adam was red-carded just after half-time.
Everton beat West Ham 2-0 in Moyes’s last home game before he succeeds Ferguson. Liverpool had a 3-1 victory at Fulham, Norwich routed West Brom 4-0, Newcastle won 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers, and Sunderland drew 1-1 with Southampton.
Yesterday, Chelsea won 2-1 at Aston Villa. Frank Lampard scored both goals for the Blues, to overhaul Bobby Tambling’s club record of 202. Lampard now has 203.
Tottenham moved up a place to fourth, overtaking Arsenal which plays Wigan in two days. United has 88 points, Manchester City 75, Chelsea 72, Tottenham 69 and Arsenal 67. The top four teams qualify for the Champions League, with the final round of games next weekend.
Relegated Queens Park Rangers is bottom with 25 points. Reading, also demoted, has 28, Wigan 35 and Sunderland 39.
Manchester City was upset 1-0 by Wigan in yesterday’s F.A. Cup final.
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