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

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Rio Ferdinand, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra & Robin van Persie celebrate Photo: Twitter/Rio Ferdinand

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!”

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