Sunday 12 May 2013
A late goal from Rio Ferdinand meant Sir Alex Ferguson's final match at Old Trafford as Manchester United manager ended in victory over Swansea City.
After Javier Hernandez had given United a first-half lead, Michu levelled the scores and Swansea threatened to spoil the party. But the United defender scored the winner with three minutes remaining after Swansea failed to clear a corner.
After the match, Ferguson told United's fans to stand by David Moyes, his successor, next season.
"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 paid personal tribute to Paul Scholes, who started today's game and will also retire in the summer, and Darren Fletcher, who continues his recovery from a chronic bowel condition. And he insisted he would still be a regular presence at Old Trafford.
"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."
The outgoing manager also revealed that he made his mind up to call it quits at the end of last year, when the death of his sister-in-law made him realise he should spend more time with his wife.
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