Ferdinand, Neville & more: Twitter reacts as Wigan win the FA Cup
Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand both tweet their thoughts after Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup
Ben Watson scored a 90th-minute winner to help Wigan Athletic topple 10-man Manchester City and secure their first-ever FA Cup crown.
Callum McManaman had the best chance to break the deadlock in the first half before City right-back Pablo Zabaleta was sent off in the 84th minute, with Watson heading past Joe Hart on the stroke of full-time.
Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order after Wigan’s 1-0 victory at Wembley.
Former Fulham striker Brian McBride (@BMcBride20) warns Wigan of City’s threat: “City will always pose a threat not only on counter but quick short passes around the top of the box. Still haven’t found their rhythm yet.”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) isn’t surprised by the underdogs’ positive start: “Wigan doing what Wigan do, playing decent football. Wigan doing what Wigan don’t do, defending well…thus far.”
British tennis ace Andy Murray (@andy_murray) is enjoying watching a former hitting partner: “Used to play tennis against Shaun Maloney… Pretty cool watching him play in FA Cup final a few years later!”
Stoke City striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) can’t believe the Latics are in the relegation zone: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no way Wigan are one of the three worst teams in The Premier League. #theleaguetableDOESlie!”
Everton’s Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) is impressed by Wigan’s young hotshot: “McManaman playing well here. Wigan looking good. I reckon it’s gonna take Wigan to score for City to turn it on though!”
Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage (@peterramage83) likes Sergio Aguero’s boots – but cool boots don’t win you finals: “Them new puma boots Aguero are wearing are proper rascal! Only #ballers could get away with them, good job he is one then!”
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham (@ConnorWickham10) hails Watson’s clinical finish: “What a header from Ben Watson! #facupfinal”
Former Norwich defender Iwan Roberts (@iwanwroberts) recalls one of the last great FA Cup final upsets: “Wow Wimbledon v Liverpool all over again ’88!”
Blackpool’s Gary Taylor-Fletcher (@GTF_12) is delighted for Wigan: “Get in. Great result for Wigan and football. Macca was awesome and is gonna be some player. #FACupFinal”
Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba (@fmuamba) praises the winenrs: “Well done to Wigan. Fully deserve today. #facupfinal”
Manchester United legend Gary Neville (@GNev2) says the Latics deserve their trophy: “Wigan were the better team. Incredible effort from them! Well done!”
Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) congratulates the winners: “Congratulations to Wigan who no-one fancied but have deservedly won the FA Cup. #FACupFinal #wigan #winners)
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster (@BenFoster) is revelling in the romance of the cup: “Everyone loves an underdog!!!! #Woweffinwee”
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) notices a funny link: “Last three managers to win FA Cup all called Roberto… Can’to waito to beo ao manager.”
Red Devils centre-half Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) enjoyed the final: “The romance of the #FAcup lives on!”
Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) is worried about next Tuesday’s clash: “Please tell me we don’t have to give Wigan a guard of honour too? Our players may as well sign up for the Marines.”
Finally, QPR’s Jay Bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) hails the match-winner: “Congrats to Ben Watson he’s had a tough season of injuries but it’s his day today … Well done mate.”