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

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RIo Ferdinand has never won the FA Cup Photo: Football.ua

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.”

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