MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 12, 2013) (REUTERS PICTURES) - Alex Ferguson's lifted the Premier League after his last home match in charge of Manchester United ended in a 2-1 victory over Swansea City as the OldTrafford crowd gave their long-serving manager a warm and emotional send-off on Sunday (May 12).
Defender Rio Ferdinand struck the winner for the champions three minutes from time, yet another one of the late goals which have been a feature of Ferguson's 26-year reign at the club.
Ferguson, in his 1,499th game at the helm, received a rapturous reception from the fans and a Guard of Honour from the players of both teams as he walked out in heavy rain. He returned to the pitch with a microphone after the match.
Ferguson left the field and the United players returned to collect their medals and the Premier League Trophy, the club's 20th top-flight crown.
United captain Nemanja Vidic was handed the trophy but he passed it on to Ferguson who gleefully held it aloft.
Ferguson proved before the game he was still prepared to make tough decisions by leaving striker Wayne Rooney out of the squad, increasing speculation about his future with the club.
Javier Hernandez gave United the lead in the 39th minute but Swansea briefly silenced the crowd when striker Michu equalised four minutes after halftime for his 18th league goal of the season before Ferdinand scored the winner.
United are 13 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City with one match left in the season, away at West Bromwich Albion next Sunday (May 19).