FT: Man Utd 2 Swansea 1

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Captain Nemanja Vidic and vice-captain Patrice Evra are handed the Premier League trophy... But they pass it to Sir Alex Ferguson who raises it with a smile. Great moment.

Rooney now out with the rest of the squad along with Chris Smalling and Ashley Young who are on crutches.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Mike Phelan emerge, followed by the Manchester United squad.

Keith: "A manager respected by both players and supporters and making points even in his last match with the exclusion of Rooney. He will be sorely missed at Old Trafford but has left his ship in excellent order for Davis Moyes. He is a tue footballing legend."

Bryan Robson and Steve Bruce bring out the Premier League trophy.

The players are in the tunnel preparing to receive the Premier League trophy.

Shaheen: "As a Wolves fan who would normally not take much notice of another team, I am quite emotional that an icon of football is retiring."

Anthony: "Very clear message from Fergie. It was the perfect opportunity to ask the fans to support Moyes. Very well timed."

Peter Schmeichel: "I've never seen him so emotional before."

No Wayne Rooney on the pitch during those tributes. Revealing?

What do you make of those sentiments? Let me know by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Perhaps the most telling line was the request that the fans support David Moyes.

And that's it. He's off. To an emotional ovation.

"I just want to pay tribute to Paul Scholes. One of the best players this club has had or will ever have."

"Your job now is to stand by our new manager."

"My retirement does not mean the end of my life at the club."

"You have been the most fantastic experience of my life."

Sir Alex addressing the crowd.

Ferguson enjoying warm hugs with all of his players. A special laugh with Ferdinand who helped him finish at the Theatre of Dreams on a high.

Full Time. Sir Alex Ferguson signs off at Old Trafford with a win. Rio Ferdinand's late goal earns it after an even game.

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Anderson feeds a pass into the feet of Van Persie and the striker tries a shot on the turn but doesn't really get hold of it and Tremmel saves comfortably.

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There will be three minutes of added time.

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Lovely cushioned pass from Giggs to put Anderson through but he misses the target.

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Looks like it will be an appropriate late winner for United then. They haven't been firing in this second half but they so often seem to find a way to win.

The corner is whipped in. Ferdinand pulls away from Chico at the far post and when the Spaniard misses his header, there is the United defender to smash the ball home.

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Goal! Rio Ferdinand!

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Hernandez rejects the shooting opportunity and United break. Van Persie's shot is deflected for a corner.

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Good skills by Routledge. Swansea looking every bit as likely to find the winner right now.

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The ball comes out to Ferdinand on the wing and he overhits the cross.

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Van Persie wins another free-kick. Giggs will take.

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Giggs showing his age there - an air shot before a stumble. Not his best moment.

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Not sure the winner is going to come here... Unless it is in 'Fergie time'?

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Van Persie takes but Vidic heads wide. Chico did just enough to put him off.

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Giggs with the free-kick. Rangel gets there and concedes a corner.

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Van Persie buys a foul off Chico.

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Giggs is on for Hernandez. Ferguson's most used player had to make an appearance, of course.

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Rangel on for Michu.

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This one really could go either way.

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It comes to nothing after plenty of possession around the United box.

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Dyer almost bursts through the middle but Jones is there with a last-ditch challenge. Swansea corner.

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Driving run by Jones but Hernandez cannot find him unmarked in the middle and the cross is deflected safely into the arms of Tremmel.

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Anderson tries to find Evra but the marauding left-back cannot keep the ball in play.

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Evra gets past Chico and when the ball comes out to Anderson he fires a low shot just wide of the post.

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Swansea clear but United retain possession. They are pushing now.

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Corner to United.

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Welbeck off for Anderson.

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Scholes off for Valencia. That's the last appearance at Old Trafford for the brilliant midfielder and he gets a rousing ovation.

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Davies on for Taylor.

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Hernandez goes close for United but cannot quite get a touch to the Welbeck cross.

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Another close call for Swansea. Chico fires a shot on goal but Jones blocks well. His arms were raised and there are penalty appeals but the ball doesn't strike him there.

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Chance! Carrick concedes possession and Swansea counter with Michu and Dyer. The ball eventually finds its way to Hernandez in the right channel. He twists and turns before firing the ball at De Gea.

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Van Persie lofts in another corner but that's easy again for Tremmel.

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Corner to United.

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Comfortable possession from the home team. It's worth noting that nothing seems to be dampening the atmosphere.

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Swansea continuing to grow into the game now. A real chance of turning this one around unless United raise their game.

54
Delay as Dyer receives treatment.

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Routledge plays a one-two with Michu to get away from Ferdinand but the United defender just about does enough to disrupt the Swansea man as he shot and the ball drifts wide of the post. A scare for United.

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United couldn't lose and spoil Ferguson's final Old Trafford game could they? They are back pushing forward now.

The ball eventually comes out to the right wing and Dyer whips in a near-post cross. Michu runs across Jones and diverts the volley past De Gea to silence Old Trafford.

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Goal! Michu equalises!

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Better cross from Hernandez wins a corner.

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Scholes loses the ball to Britton and Dyer breaks. Hernandez has the chance to cross but scuffs the effort and the chance is wasted.

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Man Utd kick-off and the second half is underway.

Will it turn into a Fergie farewell party after the break? Sky Bet have the odds. United are 3/1 to win 2-0, 9/2 to win 3-0, 10/1 for 4-0 and 25/1 to triumph 5-0, with Hernandez and Van Persie the 9/2 favourites to score next.

Half Time. United lead at the break. Comfortable afternoon for Ferguson on his special day.

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One minute of added time.

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Routledge tries to turn Jones but the full-back recovers well.

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Van Persie scoops a right-footed shot over the bar from the edge of the box.

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The keeper then claims the corner.

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Snap shot from Van Persie but Tremmel is alert and pushes the ball away from goal for a corner.

42
Swansea enjoy a spell out of their own half but Britton doesn't have too many options.

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Kagawa making things tick high up the field. Constant probing.

Ashley Williams messes up his clearance and the master poacher is there to pounce, sweeping the ball home.

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Goal! Javier Hernandez!

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Taylor down after a nasty challenge from Welbeck. The United forward went in studs up. He's still down. Thankfully Taylor is OK. He's only just back from a broken leg.

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Scholes slips and Evra then commits the foul as he tries to regain possession. He needn't have bothered as Swansea lose it soon enough. The visitors haven't really threatened.

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Chance! Van Persie lays the ball square to Hernandez but the Mexican blasts over.

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There was some contact from Taylor but it would have been a little harsh.

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Evra crosses for Kagawa who goes down after laying the ball off to Van Persie. The home fans want a penalty but nothing is given.

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Clash of heads between Vidic and Williams. The Swansea man is receiving treatment.

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But the home side clear.

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Routledge does win a corner.

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Poor touch by Hernandez surrenders possession and Routledge breaks but Ferdinand clears.

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Testimonial tempo at times but United are stepping it up in the final third. Not a great urgency about it though, as you'd expect. Still, the home crowd are in good voice.

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Inviting cross from Carrick but Chico clears. Only as far as Scholes who works his way into a good position with the help of Hernandez but then miscues the shot.

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The movement from Hernandez and Kagawa off the ball carves open the Swansea defence but the pass from Van Persie is a poor one. Chance gone.

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Van Persie finds Evra with a looping pass but the left-back can only shoot at Tremmel's near post.

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United camped in the Swansea half but need to up the tempo a little if they are to score.

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Scholes almost through after playing a one-two with Hernandez but has to settle for a corner.

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First spell of Swansea possession for a while and Dyer almost gets through after neat interplay with Britton and Michu but Vidic cleans up.

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Van Persie takes and Swansea clear at the second attempt.

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United take it short and the ball comes out to Vidic on the right. He works the ball to Van Persie who wins another corner.

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Quality cross from Kagawa picks out Hernandez but his header on goal is blocked by Chico for a corner.

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Classic crossfield pass by Scholes but Jones cannot control.

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Swansea retreating into their defensive shape and only pressing when the ball comes into the final third. Williams does well to intercept and clear.

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Not the quickest pace to the game but United look very threatening going forward, as you'd expect given the attacking team selection.

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Kagawa threads a pass through to Van Persie on the edge of the Swansea box but the Dutchman gets the lay-off wrong and the move breaks down.

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The game settles back into a rhythm after that flurry of opportunities.

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Jones almost scores moments later after playing a couple of delightful one-twos and then Pablo Hernandez fires just wide at the other end.

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Chance! Javier Hernandez hits the underside of the crossbar after being slipped through by Van Persie.

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Trademark Scholes challenge as he lunges in. Unusually, he got the ball with this one (much to the delight of the crowd)!

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Ball falls nicely to Welbeck and then Scholes attempts a clever chip over the defence but Evra cannot bring it down.

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Cautious start by both teams. Now it is the United defence stroking the ball around.

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Swansea enjoy some early possession in their own half.

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Swansea kick-off and we are underway.

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"Going to be an emotional match! From Raj and all at The Dhol Company."

Matt: "What a massive day for Man Utd - hope we can sign Sir Alex off on a massive high."

A special moment for Ferguson as Old Trafford erupts to greet him as manager for the final time.

Guard of honour for Sir Alex Ferguson as the players from both teams line-up to greet him.

Cracking atmosphere at Old Trafford. The Swansea supporters have been given white flags celebrating their Capital One Cup triumph too so the ground is a picture of colourful anticipation right now.

Anthony: "Doesn't matter which team people support, whether we love or hate him, the old man deserves respect and a fitting send off. 4-2 United! RVP hat-trick!"

Just to let you know, we'll be sticking with the interactive commentary throughout the presentations after the game.

Aaron: "Going for a nice 4-0 win for United today, farewell Fergie & Paul Scholes. Can't wait for the presentation!!"

Leaving Rooney out sends a clear message. The England forward is the top scoring player at Manchester United in the Premier League era with 141 goals. But it looks like he will be on his way.

Ted: "Come on United going for a 2-1 win. Bye Fergie and 'He scores goals' Paul Scholes."

I think Philip might be on the wind-up... "Must admit to being underwhelmed by the appointment of David Moyes. Why didn't we get a proven winner like Rafa Benitez?"

David: "End of an era. Super Sir Alex on Super Sunday bidding fairwell. As well as the legend Scholes hanging up his boots."

Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one and rate United the 1/3 favourites with Swansea as the 10/1 underdogs. The draw is available at 4/1.

Joe: "Well it's going to be a very emotional game today! No Rooney? Is that a statement? I hope not! Sir Alex we thank you!"

Rafee: "I am very upset and sad to see Fergie go after all those memories, just can't believe he's going after all those years full of entertainment and fun, Sir Alex will always be remembered as one of the greatest managers of all time, no doubt about that. But Moyes, what a manager he is? A remarkable job he has done with Everton and I am very happy to see him manage Man Utd and bring trophies just like Sir Alex...Bye BOSS."

But it is worth noting that the Red Devils have lost two of their last three home league games in the Premier League.

What's more, all four of United's Premier League goals against today's opponents have been netted in the first half.

History is against Swansea. Manchester United have won two and lost none of their three Premier League clashes with the Swans.

There are two teams playing, of course. Swansea are the visitors and while they don't have a great deal to play for Michael Laudrup's men can mathematically guarantee a top-half finish with a result here.

Raees: "Paul Scholes has been the bed rock for our success over the years. One in a million. Sir Alex was one of the best managers ever seen. He led Manchester United from a mediocre team to the best. I'm especially happy that he will stay with the team on the board as we will still have him with the club."

So that is Ferguson's last starting XI at Old Trafford. Thoughts?

Man Utd: De Gea; Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Carrick, Scholes; Welbeck, Kagawa; Van Persie, Hernandez. Subs: Lindegaard, Evans, Buttner, 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.

Ella will not get her wish. Wayne Rooney is not involved at all. But Paul Scholes does start. We'll have the full team news shortly.

Ella on Twitter: "I'd like to see Rooney starting today! Going to be emotional but eventually a celebratory afternoon."

Jack: "I think that Sir Alex is going to be missed badly by Man Utd. End of an era really. Gonna be missed."

Micky: "Should undoubtledly be an unreal atmosphere at Old Trafford today. Two legends bowing out. I'm going for a comfortable 3-0 win."

Glenn, an Arsenal fan from New Zealand, has been in touch. "I just want to acknowledge what a career Sir Alex has had. Although I have to hate Man U I am lastly a football fan and I hope that Man U can send him and Scholes off with a big win here today, he deserves it."

Anthony: "Sad farewell to two all-time great figures at the same time not just in Premier League history but football in general."

Chris: "This is going to be a very emotional day for me and many other Man Utd fans. It's a shame that our legend is retiring for good, but we have to respect his decision with respect and dignity; this day was coming, but it would have been nice if Sir Alex had remained in the post for at least one more season. I would just like to thank Sir Alex for all he has done for United; he has been a terrific manager, and I hope he goes out on a high by getting a win here this afternoon. Swansea are a tough outfit for any team, so United must underestimate them in any way, shape or form because if they do, I have no doubt Swansea will punish United's mistakes."

Any thoughts you'd like to share on Ferguson, Scholes or anything else ahead of the game then let me know by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Paul Scholes also waves goodbye for the second - and presumably, final - time, so we will be continuing the live commentary right through to the lap of honour.

It promises to be an emotional occasion at the Theatre of Dreams as this will be Sir Alex Ferguson's 1499th and penultimate match as Manchester United manager - and his last at Old Trafford.

Welcome to live commentary on the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Swansea at Old Trafford.

Updates will appear here...

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 13 September 2014
12:45
Arsenal v Man City  
15:00
Chelsea v Swansea  
C Palace v Burnley  
Southampton v Newcastle  
Stoke v Leicester  
Sunderland v Tottenham  
West Brom v Everton  
17:30
Liverpool v A Villa  
Sunday, 14 September 2014
16:00
Man Utd v QPR  
Monday, 15 September 2014
20:00
Hull City v West Ham  
Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:45
QPR v Stoke  
15:00
A Villa v Arsenal  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 3 7 9
2 Swansea 3 5 9
3 A Villa 3 2 7
4 Man City 3 3 6
5 Liverpool 3 2 6
6 Tottenham 3 2 6
7 Arsenal 3 1 5
8 Southampton 3 1 4
9 Hull City 3 0 4
10 Stoke 3 0 4
11 West Ham 3 -1 3
12 QPR 3 -4 3
13 Sunderland 3 -1 2
14 Man Utd 3 -1 2
15 Leicester 3 -2 2
16 Newcastle 3 -2 2
17 Everton 3 -3 2
18 West Brom 3 -3 2
19 C Palace 3 -3 1
20 Burnley 3 -3 1

Updated Mon, 01 Sep 2014

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