Sir Alex Ferguson said Wayne Rooney has asked for a transfer away from Manchester United.
He told Sky Sports that was the reason the striker was not in today's squad: "I don't think Wayne was keen to play simply because he has asked for a transfer and I think Rooney wants to think it through in his mind and I think that's a good idea.
"We're not going to let him go and I think maybe he's a little bit frustrated after being taken off once or twice in the last few weeks."
Rio Ferdinand said Sir Alex Ferguson deserved a victorious send-off in his final match at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United defender told Sky Sports: "The man's desire to win football matches, to keep bring success to the football club, he deserved to get three points on his last home game."
Talking about the moment Sir Alex told the squad of his retirement decision, Ferdinand said: "It was emotional, he has had so many years here, this is like his second home and for us to hear him say it was - we were devastated.
"But as you know this club is a great club and we have to move on and he wants that."
Stoke City's Michael Owen, Newcastle United's Danny Simpson and West Ham United's Ravel Morrison, who all played at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, have praised the retiring manager.
I don't care who you support, if Ferguson's departing speech didn't leave a lump in your throat I don't know what will. Absolute legend.
N iv just been watching Sir Alex do his speech. Not gonna lie its emotional. He's an absolute legend. Congratulations
Best there was best there is and best there ever will be sad to see you leave the game sir Alex god bless xx
Sir Alex Ferguson told the Old Trafford crowd: "I would like to remind you that when we had bad times here the club stood by me, all my staff stood by me, all the players stood by me. Your job now is to stand by our new manager.
"I just want to pay tribute to Paul Scholes who retires today. He is one of the greatest players this club has ever had and will ever have. Paul, we wish you a happy retirement.
"I'd also like to wish Darren Fletcher a speedy recovery at our club.
"The players: I wish the players every success in the future. You know how good you are, you know the jersey you're wearing, you know what it means to everyone here and don't ever let yourself down. The expectation is always there.
"I just wanted to say thank you from all the Ferguson family. Thank you, thank you."
Sir Alex Ferguson told the Old Trafford crowd: "First of all it's a thank you to Manchester United...it has been the most fantastic experience in my life.
"I have been very fortunate I have been able to manage some of the greatest players in the country, yet alone in Manchester United. All these players here today have represented our club in the proper way."
He added: "My retirement does not mean the end of my life with the club, I will have the joy of watching them rather than suffering with them.
"If you think about it, those last minute goals, the comebacks, even the defeats are part of this great football club of ours.
"It has been an unbelievable experience for all of us, so thank you for that."
A late Rio Ferdinand goal gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over Swansea City in Sir Alex Ferguson's last match at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson is not the only person set to bid farewell to Old Trafford today, midfielder Paul Scholes and chief executive David Gill will also leave the club at the end of the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson received a guard of honour before his last home match after 26 years in charge of Manchester United.
The Impossible Dream rung around Old Trafford as fans waved red flags in honour of a manager who has won 13 league titles for the club.