Under a shower of ribbons and red paper in Old Trafford, beaming Alex Ferguson held up the Premier League trophy for the 13th and last time. Behind the most successful coach in English football history were his jubilant Manchester United players, who danced while 76,000 fans chanted “Champions, champions!”.
Sunday marked the end of an era at United. Ferguson led his last game in the club's fiefdom which he has led for almost 27 years. And the Scot had another scepter in his hands to celebrate. There were no tears for Ferguson - although he was on point several times. In stead of, pure happiness and satisfaction. In an emotional speech, Ferguson said "you have been the most fantastic experience of my life".
His led gave him a victory 2-1 against Swansea. Four minutes from the end, defender Rio Ferdinand scored his first Premier goal in five years, unevening a tie 1-1. Ferguson, of 71 years, announced Wednesday that he is retiring at the end of this campaign. The veteran strategist jumped out of his seat and raised his fist in celebration when Ferdinand scored the deciding goal on the volley..
Paul Scholes played 66 minutes in their last game at home, before leaving the field in the midst of a standing ovation from the fans, who took another opportunity to greet the coach and player who have contributed so much to the team. Mexican Javier Hernández put United ahead of the 39, and Spanish Michu tied for Swansea 10 minutes later. United had already secured its 22nd English football title on 22 of April.
Both teams formed an honor guard as Ferguson emerged from the tunnel onto the court., with a sea of red flags with the inscription "Champion 2013" providing a striking background. Ferguson ruled out lining up Wayne Rooney. After the match, revealed that the striker has asked to be transferred, but that the club will not agree.
Also on Sunday, Emmanuel Adebayor scored a decisive goal in the last minutes and Tottenham came from behind to prevail 2-1 ante stoke, provisionally rising to fourth place in the table, ahead of Arsenal in the fight for a place in the next edition of the Champions League.
Arsenal plays Tuesday against Wigan
The Spurs are two points above their rivals in North London, after Adebayor finished off a low cross from Clint Dempsey at the 83 minutes.
Dempsey had tied the shares for Tottenham at Britannia Stadium at 20 minutes, after Steven Nzonzi opened the scoring after three minutes for Stoke, it's still in danger of relegation.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam was sent off at 47 minutes after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs' draw on Wednesday against Chelsea meant their fate was no longer in their hands, but the win against Stoke puts pressure on Arsenal and ensures that the battle for fourth place will last until the last day of the campaign, when Tottenham receives Sunderland and Arsenal visits Newcastle.
In other Sunday results, Everton won 2-0 a West Ham. The game served for the Everton fans to say goodbye to David Moyes, Ferguson's successor at Man United.
Liverpool defeated at home 3-1 a Fulham; Norwich thrashed 4-0 a West Brom, Newcastle beat him on a visit 2-1 relegated Queens Park Rangers and local Sunderland tied 1-1 con Southampton.