Ferguson Lifts Trophy After Emotional Final Game at Old Trafford
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Alex Ferguson's lifted the Premier League after his last home match in charge of Manchester United ended in a 2-1 victory over Swansea City as the Old Trafford crowd gave their long-serving manager a warm and emotional send-off on Sunday (May 12). Defender Rio Ferdinand struck the winner for the champions three minutes from time, yet another one of the late goals which have been a feature of Ferguson's 26-year reign at the club.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 12, 2013) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (REUTERS PICTURES - EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR "LIVE" SERVICES. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS) 1. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER ALEX FERGUSON LIFTS THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY AND CELEBRATES WITH HIS PLAYERS 2. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - FERGUSON KISSES THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY 3. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - MANCHESTER UNITED STRIKER ROBIN VAN PERSIE LIFTS THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY 4. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - FERGUSON SHAKES WAYNE ROONEY'S HAND 5. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - MANCHESTER UNITED FORWARD SHINJI KAGAWA LIFTS THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY 6. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - FERGUSON TALKS TO THE CROWD WHILE HIS PLAYERS STAND AND LISTEN 7. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - MORE OF MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYERS CELEBRATING WITH THE PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY 8. STILL PHOTOGRAPH - FERGUSON STORY: Alex Ferguson's lifted the Premier League after his last home match in charge of Manchester United ended in a 2-1 victory over Swansea City as the Old Trafford crowd gave their long-serving manager a warm and emotional send-off on Sunday (May 12). Defender Rio Ferdinand struck the winner for the champions three minutes from time, yet another one of the late goals which have been a feature of Ferguson's 26-year reign at the club. Ferguson, in his 1,499th game at the helm, received a rapturous reception from the fans and a Guard of Honour from the players of both teams as he walked out in heavy rain. He returned to the pitch with a microphone after the match. Ferguson left the field and the United players returned to collect their medals and the Premier League Trophy, the club's 20th top-flight crown. United captain Nemanja Vidic was handed the trophy but he passed it on to Ferguson who gleefully held it aloft. Ferguson proved before the game he was still prepared to make tough decisions by leaving striker Wayne Rooney out of the squad, increasing speculation about his future with the club. Javier Hernandez gave United the lead in the 39th minute but Swansea briefly silenced the crowd when striker Michu equalised four minutes after halftime for his 18th league goal of the season before Ferdinand scored the winner. United are 13 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City with one match left in the season, away at West Bromwich Albion next Sunday (May 19).