Manchester U 2 Swansea 1
Manchester United 2 Swansea City 1, Old Trafford, English Premier League, May 12, 2013. Manchester United took the lead against Swansea City courtesy of a goal from Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez five minutes ahead of the half-time break. Four minutes into the second period, Miguel Perez Cuesta managed to equalise for City, only for Rio Ferdinand to register the winner for the red shirted men with just three minutes left of normal time.
The 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory against Swansea City was Sir Alex Ferguson´s final game in charge at the Old Trafford Stadium. Coincidentally, it was also Paul Scholes´s last home game for Manchester United. Mexican striker Javier Hernandez came close to putting the ball in the net already in the fifth minute of the penultimate fixture of the 2012-13 season, but his left footed shot hit the underside of the crossbar. As the first frame wore on, The Reds opened the scoring account when the very same man took advantage of a mistimed Ashley Williams clearance to poke the ball into the back of the net close to half-time. The Swansea players fought back, though, and their offensive efforts were duly rewarded as a volley from Michu beat United shot stopper David de Gea four minutes after the resumption of proceedings. And thirteen minutes later Swansea and Spain international winger Pablo Hernandez almost hit a second goal for the Liberty Stadium team, but his try was brilliantly saved by fellow countryman De Gea. Then, in the 66th minute of the tie, Brazilian midfield playmaker Oliveira Anderson replaced Scholes who left the field to a standing ovation from the 75,000 strong crowd at The Theatre of Dreams. Finally, in the 87th minute of the last home clash of the campaign, former England international defender Rio Ferdinand powered the ball past Swansea goaltender Gerhard Tremmel and into the net from close range to hand Manchester United a deserved 2-1 win against The Swans. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: Jonathan Evans, Valencia, Alexander Buttner, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs, Anders Lindegaard. Swansea City Team: Gerhard Tremmel, Chico, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Dwight Tiendalli, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman, Pablo Hernandez, Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer, Michu. Substitutes: Angel Rangel, Garry Monk, Ben Davies, Kemy Agustien, Roland Lamah, Etey Shechter, David Cornell.