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Sunday 12 May 2013

Ferguson calls on fans to give Moyes support

Manchester United manager enjoys win in final match at Old Trafford

  • Old Trafford prepared to say its goodbyes to Ferguson

  • A Manchester United fan shows his appreciation before the match

  • Ferguson makes his entrance at Old Trafford for the last time as manager

  • Old Trafford was packed to say thank you to their manager

  • The United manager still gave his time for the supporters

  • It was a special occasion for the supporters in Old Trafford

  • Javier Hernandez put United ahead against Swansea

  • It was time for Paul Scholes to say goodbye to Old Trafford too

  • After Swansea equalised Rio Ferdinand scored the winning goal for United

  • Ferguson lifted the Barclays Premier League trophy for a 13th and last time

  • For United striker Robin van Persie it was the first time to lift the trophy

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.

With our Matchday Live service you can follow how the match unfolded with great photos from Old Trafford. For Matchday Live just click on the link below.

Manchester United 2-1 Swansea City  |  #MUNSWA  |  Matchday Live >>

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Key Points

  • Sir Alex Ferguson bows out at Old Trafford with a win against Swansea City
  • Rio Ferdinand's late winner ensures celebrations start early before being awarded trophy
  • Manchester United manager calls on fans after the match to support his successor David Moyes