Neville, Van der Sar & more: Twitter reacts as Man United win 20th title
Phil Neville and Edwin van der Sar both tweet their thoughts after Manchester United beat Aston Villa and won their 20th top-flight title
Robin van Persie’s first-half hat-trick helped secure a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa and Manchester United’s 20th top-flight title at Old Trafford.
The Netherlands international took his Premier League tally to 24 goals with a clinical treble to seal the crown and keep the Red Devils on track for a record points haul.
Here is a selection of our favourite tweets, in chronological order, from various Red Devils legends and other Premier League stars, following United’s triumph.
Swansea midfielder Wayne Routledge (@WayneRoutledge) isn’t surprised by the quick breakthrough: “There it is! #Waynestradamus”
QPR defender Anton Ferdinand (@anton_ferdinand) is left almost speechless by Van Persie’s second: “Oh my RVP #tekkas”
His Hoops team-mate Jay Bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) sees similarities to another Dutch legend: “What a goal!!! That was Bergkamp-like !!!!!
Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba (@fmuamba) felt the emotion of that special goal: “Man United second goal! I felt it in my living room OMG! Rooney and Van Persie movements are unreal, any young striker should be watching this.”
Newcastle defender Danny Simpson (@dannysimpson) hails Van Persie as the striker nets his third: “#RvP ain’t messing about tonight.”
Not such entertaining viewing for former Villa manager Brian Little (@brianlittle912): “I might have to swear at some of my relatives tonight!!!!!!!!!!!”
QPR defender Chris Samba (@cs4christsamba) praises Van Persie’s impact this season: “Have to take your hat off to him, well done Robin van Persie for the hat-trick, title is surely won!”
Predictably, Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) is struggling to come to terms with events at Old Trafford: “Van Pursestrings was offside for all three goals. Just to complete the mental disintegration.”
Former Villa midfielder Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) wants to know the Wigan manager’s thoughts: “Roberto Martinez sat behind me. Wonder what he’s thinking?? #MUFC #AVFC”
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) debates the goal of the season: “Forgot about the Suárez v Newcastle, (how could I)….RVP v Villa, both special!”
Ex-Tottenham striker Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is first of many to pay credit to United: “Congratulations to Manchester United. Overwhelming, convincing and worthy Premier League champions.”
Red Devils legend Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) heaps praise on his former manager: “Brilliant brilliant brilliant. Congratulations to all United fans. No 20 is in the bag. Sir Alex, I salute you.”
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) chimes in: “Congrats to Man United on winning the title!”
World No2 golfer and United fan Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) keeps it succinct: “#20 #enoughsaid”
Arsenal legend David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) congratulates United despite the prospect of a guard of honour at The Emirates this weekend: “Congratulations to Man United #welldeserved!!”
Everton skipper Phil Neville (@fizzer18) praises his old team-mates and boss: “Congratulations Man United deserved Premier League champions 2012/13!”
Another legendary United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar (@vdsar1970) tweets his thoughts: “Congratulations to every player, manager, coaches, staff and of course the supporters for an incredible year! #Manutd #20th”
Former Red Devils striker Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) is pleased for his former club: “#M.U.F.C 20th league title! Congrats to the big red family. #RvP!”
And finally, United centre-half Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) is jubilant: “Oh yes it’s 20!!!!! Thanks for all the support!”