Fitting farewell for Ferguson

  • Last Updated: May 12 2013, 19:54 BST

A review of Sunday's Premier League action, as Sir Alex Ferguson won his final home game in charge of Manchester United.

  • Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Premier League trophy at Old Trafford
  • Adebayor scored a late winning goal for Spurs 
  • David Moyes won his final home game in charge of Everton 
  • Newcastle sealed their survival with a win at QPR 

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and veteran midfielder Paul Scholes were both given the perfect send-off from Old Trafford thanks to Rio Ferdinand's late winner against Swansea.

Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 88
2 Man City 75
3 Chelsea 72
4 Tottenham 69
5 Arsenal 67
6 Everton 63
7 Liverpool 58
8 West Brom 48
9 Swansea 46
10 West Ham 43
11 Stoke City 41
12 Norwich 41
13 Newcastle 41
14 Southampton 40
15 Fulham 40
16 A Villa 40
17 Sunderland 39
18 Wigan 35
19 Reading 28
20 QPR 25

Michu had cancelled out Javier Hernandez's first-half strike, and the game, almost incidental to the day's double farewell celebrations, appeared to be heading towards a 1-1 draw before Ferdinand popped up to score his first goal in five years in the 87th minute as the club could celebrate being presented with the Premier League trophy on a high.

The fact that Manchester United scored a late winner seemed quite fitting in Ferguson's last appearance in the Old Trafford dugout in a Red Devils career that has spanned nearly 27 years.

The result came after Ferguson was given a guard of honour by both sides before kick-off in an emotionally-charged final appearance for the Scot.

He will be replaced next season by David Moyes, who also enjoyed victory in his final home game as Everton manager.

Striker Kevin Mirallas ensured Moyes departed Goodison Park in perfect circumstances with a 2-0 win over West Ham.

The victory also guaranteed Everton finished above Liverpool for the second successive season.

  • Sir Alex Ferguson takes charge of his last game at the Theatre of Dreams when the title winners-elect face Swansea City.
  • Fans gather outside Old Trafford to thank Sir Alex but the message from the club looks to the future.
  • There is a buzz around the ground as 80,000 inside the Theatre of Dreams wait for one man to appear.
  • The stadium erupts and chants ring out around Old Trafford for a true football legend.
  • Sir Alex looks slightly uncomfortable with all the attention as he walks through the guard of honour.
  • After 26 and a half years, this looks like the last time Sir Alex Ferguson will step out as Manchester United manager.
  • The Old Trafford crowd create an impressive mosaic with a tribute to their 20 league titles...
  • ...of which an astonishing 13 have been won with Sir Alex in charge.
  • Moving upstairs, Ferguson will be watching Manchester United from a different perspective from now on.
  • Sir Alex stands on the pitch while a standing ovation at Old Trafford pays tribute to what he has achieved with the club.
  • Some very lucky punters get autographs on their merchandise, which will be worth a few bob after today.
  • The stadium is full of banners which pay thanks for the Scot's achievements. He has already been immortalised in the form of a statue outside the stadium
  • Trending: Sir Alex is likely to be unaware of the tributes flowing on social media.
  • This banner held by a young supporter says it all.
  • Down to business and another reason to celebrate as Manchester United take the lead in the first half thanks to Javier Hernandez.
  • Michu hadn't read the script though so it was left to a late winner from the unlikely Rio Ferdinand to top off the champions-elect last home game.
  • Once ''Fergie Time'' had been played, Sir Alex steps into the centre circle to address the Old Trafford faithful.
  • It's almost like a team talk as he asks the players never to let themselves or the club down.
  • He salutes the never say die attitude of Manchester United.
  • ''The boss'' calls on the supporters ''it's your job now'' to get behind the new manager and show the same belief in him.
  • A final thanks from the Ferguson family including his 11 grandchildren then Sir Alex heads inside out of the rain.
Pictures from Old Trafford as Sir Alex Ferguson takes charge of his last game at the Theatre of Dreams.

In the relegation fight, Norwich confirmed their top-flight survival with an emphatic 4-0 victory over West Brom at Carrow Road.

Robert Snodgrass gave the Canaries a half-time lead before a Ben Foster howler gifted Grant Holt the second and former Ipswich defender Gareth McAuley's own goal prompted Delia Smith to dance with delight.

The Baggies were woeful and Jonny Howson scored a spectacular late fourth as Chris Hughton's men claimed a third win in 20 Premier League games to make certain of their top-flight status ahead of next week's final-day trip to Manchester City.

In contrast, Sunderland will be anxiously watching Wigan's match at Arsenal on Tuesday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton.

Jason Puncheon came off the bench to grab a point for Southampton and all but secure their safety, just as it looked as though Sunderland had saved themselves in their clash at the Stadium of Light.

The midfielder struck with 14 minutes remaining after fellow substitute James Ward-Prowse provided the ammunition to cancel out Phil Bardsley's opener, and in the process left the home side still looking over their shoulders.

The result leaves Sunderland on 39 points with one game to play - against Champions League-hunting Tottenham - while Wigan, who are four points adrift of the Black Cats, also have a home match against Aston Villa on the final day of the season.

Newcastle ensured their Premier League survival with a game to spare as they beat already-relegated QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road.

Hatem Ben Arfa's penalty and a Yoan Gouffran strike helped the Magpies come from behind to secure a victory that ensured another season in the top flight after Loic Remy's early spot-kick had put Harry Redknapp's side ahead.

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot's late sending off did not affect the result, with the Magpies holding out for a vital three points.

  • Tottenham boost their top-four hopes with a 2-1 victory over Stoke
  • Before that, Stoke took the lead thanks to a header from Steven N'Zonzi
  • Clint Dempsey equalises for the visitors before the break
  • Adebayor then celebrates a late winning goal for the visitors, who go two points clear of Arsenal in fourth
  • David Moyes waves to the Everton fans ahead of his final Goodison Park game in charge of the Toffees.
  • Dimitar Berbatov puts Fulham into the lead in their clash with Liverpool
  • Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring for Norwich against West Brom
  • Loic Remy gives already-relegated QPR an early lead against struggling Newcastle
  • But Hatem Ben Arfa's penalty brings Newcastle back on level terms
  • Before Yoan Gouffran puts the Magpies in front at Loftus Road
  • Daniel Sturridge fires Liverpool level at Craven Cottage
  • Sir Alex Ferguson receives a guard of honour ahead of his final home game in charge of Manchester United
  • Back at Carrow Road, Norwich cruise towards safety with a 4-0 victory over West Brom
  • Paolo Di Canio celebrates as his Sunderland side go 1-0 up against Southampton
  • But an equaliser gives Saints the point they need to seal survival
  • A hat-trick from Daniel Sturridge earns Liverpool a 3-1 win at Fulham
  • But they won't catch Everton in sixth as the Toffees beat West Ham 2-0
  • Newcastle celebrate their survival while today's results mean Southampton, Norwich and Fulham are also safe
  • Back at Old Trafford in the 1600 BST kick-off, Javier Hernandez celebrates putting United in the lead
  • Michu nets a surprise equaliser to dampden the party mood
  • But up pops Rio Ferdinand to score a late winner for United and Ferguson
All the best pictures from Sunday's Premier League action, starting with Tottenham's visit to Stoke.

Tottenham moved back above north London rivals Arsenal and into a Champions League qualifying position as they saw off 10-man Stoke with a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.

Emmanuel Adebayor slid home a late winner to lift Tottenham back into fourth place after they fell behind to a Steven Nzonzi header after just three minutes, before Clint Dempsey equalised with a brilliant piece of improvisation.

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam was dismissed in the 47th minute for a second bookable offence and Spurs were made to labour before their late winner.

Elsewhere, Daniel Sturridge fired Liverpool to an easy 3-1 win at Fulham with a superb hat-trick at Craven Cottage.

Sturridge had not scored against the Cottagers during his time at the club's local rivals Chelsea or while he was at Manchester City, but he took Martin Jol's team apart today with three well-taken strikes.

Three minutes after Dimitar Berbatov had nodded Fulham ahead, the England striker turned Aaron Hughes inside-out before smashing the ball into the roof of the net.


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