Sunday May 12, 2013 Day 37 Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 1 Swansea City

  • Hernández 39’
  • Ferdinand 87’
  • Michu 49’

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  1. Premier League - Fergie finishes with a fitting win at Old Trafford

    Premier League - Fergie finishes with a fitting win at Old Trafford

    Sir Alex Ferguson took charge of Manchester United at Old Trafford for the final time as Swansea were defeated 2-1. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Swansea City
    • - Don't forget UK users can watch highlights of this game from 00:01 on Monday morning.
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Fergie signs off with a victory thanks to Ferdinand's late winner. What an occasion for all concerned.
    • 90+2' Anderson plays in Van Persie and he gets a shot away on the turn, but it's straight at Tremmel.
    • 90' We will have three added minutes.
    • 89' Anderson flashes a shot wide of the post! United finish with a flourish.
    • 88' Stat from Infostrada: "Rio Ferdinand scores his first PL goal since a 6-0 home PL win v Newcastle in January 2008."
    • 87' GOAL! Man Utd 2-1 Swansea! Rio Ferdinand with a smashing finish! A corner bounces up to the defender, unmarked at the back post, and he smashes his volley home past Tremmel. Wow. His first goal in five years.
    • 87' Kemy Agustien comes on for Hernandez.
    • 86' United go up the other end and Van Persie can't hit the target.
    • 85' Hernandez gets away from a couple of men in the box but can't get his shot away.
    • 84' Old Trafford is still rocking - can United snatch another goal to send Fergie off with a win?
    • 82' Chico wants a foul for an elbow after challenging Van Persie but there was nothing in it. He goes down claiming he is in pain.
    • 80' So can United bag a winner in the last 10 minutes? Or even in Fergie time perhaps?
    • 78' Giggs swings in the ball but Rangel heads behind for a corner, which will be taken by Van Persie. In it comes and Vidic heads wide at the back post.
    • 77' Van Persie wins a free-kick from Chico as he is brought to ground rather heavily...
    • 76' Now it's time to applaud Giggs, who replaces Hernandez. He's continuing for another season though.
    • 75' A change for Swansea as Michu is replaced by Angel Rangel. Laudrup with a defensive move.
    • 74' Anderson and Kagawa involved in a neat build-up but the Brazilian can't find a team-mate with his cross.
    • 73' Stat from Infostrada: "Paul Scholes is substituted after 66 minutes in his final Old Trafford appearance. This was his 199th PL home start and his 248th PL appearance at the Theatre of Dreams. He has played a total of 17,606 PL minutes at Old Trafford."
    • 72' Tremendous tackle from Jones to prevent Dyer from testing De Gea after a gorgeous through-ball from Hernandez.
    • 71' Jones makes a lung-busting run through the heart of the Swansea defence but Valencia can't pick him out with his cross.
    • 70' Giggsy is warming up. Surely he will play a part in Fergie's last ever game here?
    • 69' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Anderson belts a lovely shot just wide from 20 yards after Tremmel comes to punch from Valencia's deflected cross.
    • 68' Jones delivers a deep cross from the left and Kagawa gets his head to the ball. It appears to be heading for the arms of Tremmel but for some reason Williams kicks the ball over his own bar for a corner. Nothing from it though.
    • 67' Swansea also make a change as Ben Davies replaces Taylor at left-back.
    • 66' A change for United and Scholes gets a huge, huge reception as he departs the Old Trafford turf for the final time. Antonio Valencia and Anderson on, with Welbeck also making way.
    • 65' Scholes will be coming off - to a huge reception.
    • 64' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Welbeck springs into action on the left and whips in a wonderful cross that only just eludes the sliding Hernandez in the centre.
    • 63' BIG SHOUT FOR A PENALTY! Chico blasts a shot at goal and it smacks Jones, who has his arms outstretched. It's a good call though as the ball struck his torso.
    • 62' CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Michu leads a break for Swansea and after Dyer prods the ball to Hernandez in the box, he twists and turns away from Jones before rifling in a firm shot that De Gea bats away.
    • 61' Welbeck wins a free-kick when he is too quick for Dwigth Tiendalli and nicks the ball away from him.
    • 60' Corner for United but Tremmel eases aside Hernandez to come and claim the ball with authority.
    • 58' Van Persie takes a tumble in the box under contact from Taylor but there was very little in it.
    • 57' Stat from Infostrada: "Michu has scored 38 per cent of Swansea's goals this season."
    • 55' Swansea have been very impressive in this second half. United need to get a hold of the ball.
    • 54' Dyer lies prone on the turf and requires treatment for some kind of leg injury.
    • 53' CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Routledge squirts away from Ferdinand and holds off the big defender before prodding the ball just wide of the post.
    • 51' Well then, that ruins the narrative a bit, doesn't it? Doesn't Michu know there's a Fergie party going on today?
    • 50' That's Michu's 18th goal of a tremendous Premier League campaign.
    • 49' GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Swansea! Michu levels things at Old Trafford! A cross comes in from the right after United fail to deal with a corner and he gets ahead of his man to fire the ball past De Gea on the volley with an extravagant flick of the boot.
    • 48' Hernandez looks lively again and this time he does get the cross away, but with Michu lurking Ferdinand chests the ball behind for a corner.
    • 47' Swansea show some ambition from the off but Hernandez can't dig out a cross from the left.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • - Forget the first half - what did you make of the Fergie tribute? Quite moving I thought. Also happy to see he binned off Rooney for the day after he asked for a move. Come and say hi on Twitter.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Hernandez's goal separates the sides in Fergie's final game at Old Trafford.
    • 45+1' We will have one added minute.
    • 45' Kagawa plays in Van Persie and the Dutchman curls his shot well off target.
    • 44' United win a corner but the delivery is plucked out of the air by Tremmel.
    • 43' CHANCE FOR UNITED! A vicious effort from Van Persie as he pulls down a Carrick cross and sees a shot from 25 yards batted away by Tremmel.
    • 42' Stat from Opta: "All four of Manchester United’s Premier League goals against the Swans have been netted in the first half."
    • 40' Kagawa twice tries to open up the Swansea defence but they stand firm to clear.
    • 39' GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Swansea! Javier Hernandez sweeps the ball home following a free-kick. Williams was unable to deal with the ball at the near post and the little striker nipped in to slot the ball past Tremmel.
    • 37' Taylor and Welbeck both steam into a 50-50 challenge with legs outstretched and both men require treatment. Nothing malicious, just committed.
    • 36' Stat from Opta: "Victories in their final two games of the season will help Manchester United equal their best ever points haul from a Premier League season (91 – 1999/00)."
    • 35' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Van Persie the creator once again as he dinks a pass through to Hernandez and the striker lashes the ball wide of the target first time.
    • 34' Van Persie tries to release a team-mate with a header in the box just a minute after delivering a teasing cross. What an influential player he is for the champions.
    • 33' Nah, there was contact but nothing intentional from Neil Taylor. Not a penalty.
    • 32' Kagawa appears to be brought to ground, denying him the chance to collect a return pass from Van Persie in the box, and we will need a replay of that.
    • 30' Ouch. Williams requires treatment after being caught in the face by Vidic's own face.
    • 29' Dyer finds a pocket of space on the right but Rio Ferdinand reads his cross and steps out to boot the ball downfield.
    • 28' Cameras pick out Wayne Rooney in his executive box - a penny for his thoughts?
    • 27' United fans mocking Roberto Mancini, who we hear is to get the sack in the next couple of days.
    • 26' Dyer flashes a shot well wide for Swansea.
    • 25' CHANCE FOR UNITED! It's a gorgeous build-up from United as some quick short passing pulls the Swansea defence apart but Scholes appears to strike the ball against his standing leg when getting his shot away.
    • 23' Stat from Opta: "Robin van Persie has scored six times in his last five appearances."
    • 22' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Van Persie curls a dangerous cross to the back post where Evra manages to escape the clutches of Dyer. The shot is low but lacks pace and Gerhard Tremmel gathers with ease.
    • 20' Swansea so often have the better of possession, but not today. It is United with all of the ball.
    • 19' Stat from Opta: "These two teams met in the 37th game of their seasons last year as well. Manchester United won 2-0."
    • 18' A nice opening for United as Scholes plays a quick pass to Hernandez after Kagawa's backheel but he can't quite get the return on target as a block comes in.
    • 17' Nemanja Vidic is required to muscle an opponent off the ball as Swansea threaten to open up the United box.
    • 16' Swansea manage to half-clear this one to relieve some pressure.
    • 15' Swansea are unable to properly clear and Ashley Williams then puts Van Persie's cross behind for another corner.
    • 14' Kagawa stands a cross up to the back post where Hernandez is on hand to head the ball against Chico Flores and behind.
    • 13' Scholes plays in Kagawa in a deep role and the Japan star starts a neat passing move that ends when right-back Phil Jones fails to keep in a cross-field pass on the left.
    • 11' There isn't too much urgency about the game - as you might expect. United look in firm control though.
    • 10' Another patient move from United but Swansea stand firm again. Kagawa is looking lively when in a central position.
    • 9' Welbeck swipes the ball infield to Michael Carrick but his first-time punt into the left channel for Hernandez is intercepted.
    • 8' Shinji Kagawa plays a neat pass central for Van Persie but the Dutchman appears to get his legs in a tangle and can't control properly.
    • 7' Stat from Opta: "Manchester United have lost two of their last three home league games in the Premier League."
    • 6' Swansea surge up the other end of the pitch and Pablo Hernandez drags a shot wide of the post.
    • 5' UNITED HIT THE BAR! Robin van Persie slips in Javier Hernandez to the left and he cracks a left-footed shot off the woodwork!
    • 4' And here's Scholes again, dispossessing his man in midfield before distributing the ball smartly.
    • 3' Danny Welbeck lays the ball off to Scholes, who lifts a lovely pass over the defence for Patrice Evra. The defender gets his head to the ball but Swansea clear.
    • 2' Scholes almost left his leg in on Nathan Dyer then - how fitting would another yellow card be for him?
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 15:59 Fred the Red gets a hug as Fergie wanders over to sign autographs for the final time before a match at Old Trafford. Very moving.
    • 15:58 Fergie appears to be enjoying his big day. He applauds all corners of Old Trafford. And a trademark fist punch.
    • 15:57 The fans at Old Trafford are spelling out '20' with a mural and now Sir Alex Ferguson is getting a guard of honour from both players. With a puff of his cheeks he emerges from the stand.
    • 15:55 It looks like a properly good party at Old Trafford. The result is completely incidental here.
    • 15:50 By the way, according to the papers this morning, Arsenal could be in the frame for Rooney this summer. That would be an interesting one.
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    • 15:45 Old Trafford is a sea of flags and banners, all in support of Sir Alex Ferguson. His last game at Old Trafford - it barely seems real, does it?
    • 15:40 Oh, let's not forget that this is also Paul Scholes's final game at Old Trafford as a Manchester United player and it's great to see him start today. He just did a great interview with Gary Neville on Sky, joking he was happy that Fergie's retirement and Wayne Rooney's transfer request have overshadowed his own departure.
    • 15:35 Manchester United have good omens today - they have won two and lost none of their three Premier League clashes with Swansea City.
    • 15:30 Wayne Rooney not even on the bench! How's that for a royal two-fingers from Alex Ferguson to the player who has been one of the heartbeats of his team for almost a decade?
    • 15:25 TEAMS: Man Utd - De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Rio, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Kagawa, Van Persie, Chicharito. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Büttner, Anderson, Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs /// Swansea - Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Taylor, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Hernandez, Dyer, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Rangel, Davies, Agustien, Shechter, Lamah
    • 15:20 Most of the attention will be focused on whether Ferguson selects Wayne Rooney, who had a transfer request turned down two weeks ago. Team news coming up in a moment...
    • 15:15 This is it for Fergie! The great man's final match at Old Trafford as manager as Manchester United take on Swansea City.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Fergie signs off with a victory thanks to Ferdinand's late winner. What an occasion for all concerned.
    • 87' GOAL! Man Utd 2-1 Swansea! Rio Ferdinand with a smashing finish! A corner bounces up to the defender, unmarked at the back post, and he smashes his volley home past Tremmel. Wow. His first goal in five years.
    • 87' Kemy Agustien comes on for Hernandez.
    • 76' Now it's time to applaud Giggs, who replaces Hernandez. He's continuing for another season though.
    • 75' A change for Swansea as Michu is replaced by Angel Rangel. Laudrup with a defensive move.
    • 69' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Anderson belts a lovely shot just wide from 20 yards after Tremmel comes to punch from Valencia's deflected cross.
    • 67' Swansea also make a change as Ben Davies replaces Taylor at left-back.
    • 66' A change for United and Scholes gets a huge, huge reception as he departs the Old Trafford turf for the final time. Antonio Valencia and Anderson on, with Welbeck also making way.
    • 64' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Welbeck springs into action on the left and whips in a wonderful cross that only just eludes the sliding Hernandez in the centre.
    • 62' CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Michu leads a break for Swansea and after Dyer prods the ball to Hernandez in the box, he twists and turns away from Jones before rifling in a firm shot that De Gea bats away.
    • 53' CHANCE FOR SWANSEA! Routledge squirts away from Ferdinand and holds off the big defender before prodding the ball just wide of the post.
    • 49' GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Swansea! Michu levels things at Old Trafford! A cross comes in from the right after United fail to deal with a corner and he gets ahead of his man to fire the ball past De Gea on the volley with an extravagant flick of the boot.
    • - Forget the first half - what did you make of the Fergie tribute? Quite moving I thought. Also happy to see he binned off Rooney for the day after he asked for a move. Come and say hi on Twitter.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Hernandez's goal separates the sides in Fergie's final game at Old Trafford.
    • 43' CHANCE FOR UNITED! A vicious effort from Van Persie as he pulls down a Carrick cross and sees a shot from 25 yards batted away by Tremmel.
    • 39' GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Swansea! Javier Hernandez sweeps the ball home following a free-kick. Williams was unable to deal with the ball at the near post and the little striker nipped in to slot the ball past Tremmel.
    • 35' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Van Persie the creator once again as he dinks a pass through to Hernandez and the striker lashes the ball wide of the target first time.
    • 25' CHANCE FOR UNITED! It's a gorgeous build-up from United as some quick short passing pulls the Swansea defence apart but Scholes appears to strike the ball against his standing leg when getting his shot away.
    • 22' CHANCE FOR UNITED! Van Persie curls a dangerous cross to the back post where Evra manages to escape the clutches of Dyer. The shot is low but lacks pace and Gerhard Tremmel gathers with ease.
    • 5' UNITED HIT THE BAR! Robin van Persie slips in Javier Hernandez to the left and he cracks a left-footed shot off the woodwork!
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 15:30 Wayne Rooney not even on the bench! How's that for a royal two-fingers from Alex Ferguson to the player who has been one of the heartbeats of his team for almost a decade?
    • 15:25 TEAMS: Man Utd - De Gea, Jones, Vidic, Rio, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Welbeck, Kagawa, Van Persie, Chicharito. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Büttner, Anderson, Valencia, Cleverley, Giggs /// Swansea - Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Taylor, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Hernandez, Dyer, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Rangel, Davies, Agustien, Shechter, Lamah
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