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United lift trophy as Sir Alex ends Old Trafford era

Published: Sunday 12 May 2013, 19.18CET
Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw a 2-1 win against Swansea City AFC in his final home game as Manchester United FC manager before the Premier League champions were handed the trophy.

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Published: Sunday 12 May 2013, 19.18CET

United lift trophy as Sir Alex ends Old Trafford era

Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw a 2-1 win against Swansea City AFC in his final home game as Manchester United FC manager before the Premier League champions were handed the trophy.

Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw a 2-1 success against Swansea City AFC in his final home game as Manchester United FC manager before the champions were presented with the Premier League trophy.

Javier Hernández gave the champions the lead six minutes before the break and although Michu scored his 18th league goal of the season to equalise, Sir Alex was not to be denied victory in his final game as United manager at Old Trafford. Rio Ferdinand's first goal of the campaign with three minutes remaining secured victory for the champions.

"This has been the most fantastic experience of my life," said Sir Alex to the fans on the pitch after the full-time whistle. "I have been very fortunate; I've been able to manage some of the greatest players in the country let alone at Manchester United. All of these players here today have won a championship in fantastic fashion, so well done to the players.

"Your job now is to stand by our new manager," Sir Alex continued to the Old Trafford crowd. "That is important. I just want to pay tribute to Paul Scholes, who retires today. He is one of the greatest players this club has ever had and will ever see. I'd also like to wish Darren Fletcher a speedy comeback. I wish the players every success; you know how good you are, you know the jersey you’re wearing and don't ever let yourselves down. Thank you from all the Ferguson family."

Earlier in the day, Tottenham Hotspur FC moved into a UEFA Champions League spot with a 2-1 win at ten-man Stoke City FC. Steven N'Zonzi gave the hosts an early lead, but Spurs responded through Clint Dempsey before Emmanuel Adebayor scored a late winner to lift Tottenham above rivals Arsenal FC into fourth.

At the other end of the table, Newcastle United FC secured their Premier League status with a 2-1 triumph at already relegated Queens Park Rangers FC, as did Norwich City FC with an emphatic 4-0 home win against West Bromwich Albion FC.

David Moyes enjoyed victory in his final game at Goodison Park as Everton FC manager before taking over at Manchester United in the summer. Kevin Mirallas grabbed both goals in a 2-0 defeat of West Ham United FC. Elsewhere, Sunderland AFC edged four points clear of the drop zone courtesy of a 1-1 home draw with Southampton FC and Daniel Sturridge scored a hat-trick as Liverpool FC beat Fulham FC 3-1.

Last updated: 04/12/13 5.09CET

Results

English Premier League 2012/13

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 01/07/2013 21:17 CET

12/05/2013

Man. UnitedMan. United2-1SwanseaSwansea

Hernández 39, Ferdinand 87

Michu 49

Venue: Manchester

12/05/2013

NorwichNorwich4-0West BromWest Brom

Snodgrass 25, Holt 62, McAuley 65 (o.g.), Howson 90

Venue: Norwich

12/05/2013

SunderlandSunderland1-1SouthamptonSouthampton

Bardsley 68

Puncheon 76

Venue: Sunderland

12/05/2013

EvertonEverton2-0West HamWest Ham

Mirallas 6, 60

Venue: Liverpool

12/05/2013

QPRQPR1-2NewcastleNewcastle

Rémy 11 (P)

Ben Arfa 18 (P), Gouffran 35

Venue: London

12/05/2013

FulhamFulham1-3LiverpoolLiverpool

Berbatov 33

Sturridge 36, 62, 85

Venue: London

12/05/2013

StokeStoke1-2TottenhamTottenham

N'Zonzi 3

Dempsey 20, Adebayor 83

Venue: Stoke

11/05/2013

Aston VillaAston Villa1-2ChelseaChelsea

Benteke 14

Lampard 61, 88

Venue: Birmingham

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