Owen, Van der Sar & more: Twitter reacts as Man United beat Swansea

Michael Owen and Edwin van der Sar both tweet their thoughts after Manchester United beat Swansea City at Old Trafford

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Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the 2012-13 Premier League trophy Photo: Back Page Images

Rio Ferdinand scored an 87th-minute winner to polish off Sir Alex Ferguson’s 26-year reign at Old Trafford with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City.

Mexico international Javier Hernández gave the Red Devils a first-half lead before Michu netted his 18th league goal of the season to level, but Ferdinand popped up to secure three points with minutes remaining.

Here is a selection of tweets from the professionals both past and present, after Ferguson’s Old Trafford swansong and Paul Scholes’ final home game for United.

Former United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar ‏(@vdsar1970) reckons the Swansea tie pales into insignificance compared with Ferguson’s retirement: “Anybody interested about the result #Manutd game today or all about farewell of both great men??”

Ex-United defender Viv Anderson ‏(@Anderson_Viv) is enjoying the Old Trafford atmosphere: “Atmosphere in here is brilliant. All for you Sir Alex. Glad to say I was your first :)”

England legend Gary Lineker (‏@GaryLineker) points out the fitting nature of Ferdinand’s late goal: “A late winner from Manchester United. Sort of sums up an era.”

Tottenham legend David Ginola ‏(@DavidGinolaCeze) will miss Ferguson: “Goodbye Sir Alex Ferguson!”

Former United striker Michael Owen ‏(@themichaelowen) is feeling a tad emotional: “I don’t care who you support, if Ferguson’s departing speech didn’t leave a lump in your throat I don’t know what will. Absolute legend. The Premier League is going to be such a different place next season with the managerial merry go round in full swing. Got to be a first that none of the managers who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd in The Premier League will be in charge of their respective team.”

And Aaron Mclean (‏@A9Mac) agrees: “If Sir Alex Ferguson speech didn’t touch you regardless who you support then you don’t know football and what it means!!! #FootballHero”

Ex-England cricket captain Michael Vaughan ‏(@MichaelVaughan) is keeping an eye out for a certain Chelsea skipper to gatecrash proceedings: “Cue John Terry…”

Swansea forward Wayne Routledge ‏(@WayneRoutledge) praises another United legend: “On another note, Paul Scholes the best English player of my generation, bar none. #LEGEND”

And finally, Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel (‏@GerryTremmel) hails the champions: “Damn. Im still pissed. Maybe one of the biggest opportunities you’ll ever get at Old Trafford. Anyway. Congrats to ManU. Fully deserved champions this year. #SAFlegend”

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