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Sir Alex Ferguson Retires: Manchester United Manager Celebrating Goals (PICTURES)

12/05/2013 14:40 BST | Updated 12/05/2013 14:40 BST

"He nearly killed me. He forgets I'm 71," Sir Alex Ferguson said of Robin van Persie's bear hug at Stoke City in April after the Manchester United striker had ended a 10-match goal drought.

Few players have celebrated goals with Ferguson. Ruud van Nistelrooy once got a high-five at Aston Villa in 2004 and Nemanja Vidić threatened after a late winner against Sunderland in 2008, only he ended up hugging Ferguson's assistant Mike Phelan.

Ferguson instead prefers a Grandad jig. There's not a catalogue of outbursts to match José Mourinho or a trademark Arsène Wenger spring or a Jürgen Klopp embrace, just awkward yet delighted joy.

The exception to the norm was how he greeted Steve Bruce's seminal winner against Sheffield Wednesday in 1993. His assistant, Brian Kidd, leapt onto the pitch and got down on his knees, thanking the high almighty. Ferguson stopped short of crossing the white line.

On the day he bids farewell to Old Trafford, it's time to remember when Fergie cut loose...