Rio Ferdinand gives Sir Alex Ferguson the perfect Man United send off
It had appeared that Swansea City were going to play the role of party poopers on Sunday afternoon, with Fergie making his final appearance at Old Trafford as the manager of the Red Devils.
May 12th, 2013
The Swans looked full value for a 1-1 draw and even threatened to score a winner before Rio Ferdinand struck in the 87th minute to ensure that his manager enjoyed a final taste of victory at Old Trafford.
Javier Hernandez had put United ahead in the 39th minute, although Michu equalised just after half-time and the visitors played with a swagger which saw them create several further chances.
In contrast, United were struggling to get meaningful possession and lacked their usual rhythm, with Anderson, Valencia and Giggs all introduced into the fold during the second half.
It was an emotional occasion, with both teams forming a guard of honour for Ferguson, while the thousands of United supporters waved red flags and chanted the name of the departing Scot.
After the match, the team were presented with the Premier League trophy, with Ferguson calling on the supporters to get behind David Moyes and ensure the team continue their recent successes.
“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.”
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.”