Fergie was given a guard of honour by both teams before the game and then watched Javier Hernández gave the champions the lead six minutes before the break.
When Michu scored his 18th league goal of the season six minutes into the halftime, and it looked like Swansea want spoil Fergie’s big day. But he was not to be denied victory in his final game as United manager at Old Trafford as Rio Ferdinand scored his first goal in five seasons with hree minutes remaining to secure victory for the champions.
“This has been the most fantastic experience of my life,” said Sir Alex to the fans on the pitch after the full-time whistle. “I have been very fortunate; I’ve been able to manage some of the greatest players in the country let alone at Manchester United. All of these players here today have won a championship in fantastic fashion, so well done to the players.
“Your job now is to stand by our new manager,” Sir Alex continued to the Old Trafford crowd. “That is important. I just want to pay tribute to Paul Scholes, who retires today. He is one of the greatest players this club has ever had and will ever see. I’d also like to wish Darren Fletcher a speedy comeback. I wish the players every success; you know how good you are, you know the jersey you’re wearing and don’t ever let yourselves down. Thank you from all the Ferguson family.”
The other big news from Old Trafford was that Wayne Rooney did not make the United 18 after turning in his second transfer request in three years. Rooney was booed by a large percentage of the United fans when he collected his Premier League winner’s medal. David Moyes’s first big decision will be what to do with Rooney, and I expect United to sell him this summer.
Earlier in the day, Tottenham Hotspur moved into the top four with a 2-1 win at ten-man Stoke. Steven N’Zonzi gave Stoke an early lead, but Spurs responded with goals from Clint Dempsey and Emmanuel Adebayor.
At the other end of the table, Newcastle United secured their Premier League status for next season with a 2-1 win at already relegated Queens Park Rangers, as did Norwich City with an emphatic 4-0 home win against West Brom.
David Moyes enjoyed victory in his final game at Goodison Park as Kevin Mirallas grabbed both goals in a 2-0 defeat of West Ham.
Elsewhere, Sunderland edged four points clear of the drop zone thanks to a 1-1 home draw with Southampton and Daniel Sturridge scored a hat-trick as Liverpool beat Fulham 3-1.