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FOOTIE TWEETS: Man Utd celebrate Rafael stunner; Swansea celebrate Cup glory; Lineker celebrates Beckham

Brad Davies reviews the weekend action in England as seen by the stars on Twitter.

Manchester United travelled to Loftus Road on Saturday looking to stretch their league lead to a massive 15 points and were never really troubled by QPR as they saw out another comfortable 2-0 win. It was Rafael's sweetly struck volley to open the scoring that lit up the match, with the man from whom he inherited the number 2 shirt at Old Trafford clearly impressed.

Gary Neville - "Oh my goodness what a goal!!!!!! Rafael"

It was a third league goal of the campaign for the young Brazilian who along with fellow defenders Evra and Evans have combined to score a very valuable 10 so far this season.

United's most notorious tweeter, Rio Ferdinand, was happy with the day's work and also paid tribute to the scorers - "Great 3 points that. What a goal by Rafa #Thunderbolt! Giggsy rolled back the years once again #sublime!"

Elsewhere on Saturday, Norwich put a dent in Everton's hopes of a push for 4th place with a late come from behind 2-1 win at Carrow Road that had two of their best raving.

Robert Snodgrass expressed his pride in the team with - "Could not be happier delighted with that result today unreal character and great desire got us the 3 points #superbteamperformance #1every5."

Whilst Anthony Pilkington was excited about a first goal from Sporting Kansas City loan signing Kei Kamara - "Get in they don't come better than that 2 late goals!! Felt good to get back out there!! Buzzin for my boy KiKi @keikamara #TopGuy"

A fairytale trip to Wembley for Bradford City proved a bridge too far as Swansea brushed them aside in the League Cup final. It was a first ever piece of major silverware for the Swans in their 100th year as a club and their players were understandably ecstatic with the emphatic 5-0 result. Each of these tweets captioned dressing room celebration photos:

Wayne Routledge - "We did it! #AmazingDay"

Michu - "Champions!!!!Thank you all!!!"

Chico Flores - "!!!!!!!!CAMPEONESSSSS!!!!!!!!"

Jonathan De Guzman probably spoke too soon with this pre-cup final tweet: "@kanyewest in London, Swansea City in London. This can't get any better! #goodmusic #goodfootball" In fact things got a whole lot better as JDG scored a double in his team's historic victory.

Clearly upset at being denied the opportunity to bring up a hat-trick, Nathan Dyer made a scene when Jonathan De Guzman stepped up to take the penalty after being brought down by Bradford keeper Matt Duke (who was sent off in the incident) in the box. But it didn't stop Robbie Fowler highlighting the sportsmanship of the Welsh side during the post match presentation - "Class on 2 parts from the swans..Guard of honour and the manager with the trophy on the steps..letting the team get all the credit #theman"

Joleon Lescott was another who took time to congratulate the finalists - "Congrats to #Swansea for winning but a great achievement for #Bradford on reaching the final. Think the Swans will do well in Europe."

On a more sombre note, Sunday also marked the 20 year anniversary of the passing of England legend Bobby Moore with a couple of former stars paying tribute to England's sole World Cup winning captain.

Stan Collymore tweeted - "20 years, gone but never forgotten. Always the Captain of England."

Gary Lineker added - "20 years ago Bobby Moore lost his life. A World Cup winning Captain, wonderful footballer and a lovely bloke."

The final word goes to Lineker who also summed up another England great's debut in Paris with this tweet - "Life in the old, perfectly groomed dog yet. #Beckham."

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