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Rio Ferdinand gave England a Euro 2012 injury scare by limping out of Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Swansea which kept the champions’ faint title hopes alive until the final day of season.

First-half goals from Paul Scholes and Ashley Young secured the win that moved United level on points with Manchester City ahead of the final trip to Sunderland.

But Ferdinand’s late exit, when he limped off after holding his back and groin, will have given Roy Hodgson a headache ahead just a month before England’s Euro 2012 campaign kicks off.

City’s 2-0 victory at Newcastle earlier in the day had ensured that the mood at Old Trafford was flat and subdued prior to kick-off against Swansea.

Yaya Toure’s two goals on Tyneside had moved City to within a victory of the title, but United still had to overcome Swansea to retain a faint hope of a dramatic final day surge to the championship – something only possible if City fail to beat Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium.

With City boosting their goal difference advantage over United to ten goals with the win at Newcastle, the first minute chants of ‘attack, attack, attack’ at Old Trafford were more rooted in irony than hope.

And the battle-cry did little to inspire Ferguson’s players anyway, with the home side struggling carve out goalscoring chances prior to Paul Scholes’s 28th minute opener.

A Patrice Evra strike, which was saved by goalkeeper Michel Vorm on 21 minutes, prior to Wayne Rooney’s blocked follow-up, was the closest United came before Scholes netted his fourth goal since returning from retirement in January.

Having received Antonio Valencia’s pass inside the penalty area, Michael Carrick shot goalwards, but Scholes diverted it into the net with a back-heeled flicked from six yards.

One down, nine to go, in terms of cancelling out City’s goal advantage, but such an avalanche of goals was never going to happen, particularly with United missing so many clear chances.

Javier Hernandez sent a Carrick pass wide and then headed over from six yards after being picked out by Ashley Young’s pinpoint cross.

Young, vilified for two diving incidents in recent weeks, had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Chris Foy moments before crossing for Hernandez.

Angel Rangel’s challenge was certainly clumsy, but having hoodwinked officials to win spot-kicks against QPR and Aston Villa, Young’s luck finally appeared to have run out when Foy dismissed his claims.

The second goal that United’s dominance deserved came shortly before half-time, however, when Young struck from just inside the penalty area.

Scholes and Rooney both saw shots blocked, but Young picked up the loose ball before curling past Vorm into the far corner.

United now had the entire second-half to at least eat into City’s goal advantage, but the onslaught never came.

Hernandez headed another chance over, while Rooney missed a sitter after being teed up by Carrick.

In response, Swansea offered little, other than a free-kick by Gylfi Sigurdsson which was well-saved by David de Gea.

Just like their title bid, United ran out of steam and it all ended rather unsatisfactorily.

And to make matters worse, Ferdinand’s hobbling exit capped a depressing day for United.

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