Patrice Evra says he will not be following the lead of Robin van Persie by embracing Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming he would worry about getting the sack should he celebrate too robustly with the Manchester United manager.
Van Persie marked the end of his 10-game goal drought on Sunday by indulging in a celebratory hug with his Manchester United boss, having just dispatched of his penalty to put the Premier League leaders 2-0 ahead of Stoke City.
There will be no repeat showing, however, should Evra find the net for Manchester United any time soon, with the French defender claiming he would be too afraid of the consequences to jump into the arms of his manager.
"No chance. Never," Evra said, as reported by The Independent. "Maybe I will do it with my team-mates. But not with the gaffer. He is older. Imagine I go in too strong against him. He could fall, then he might sack me. I will never do that."
Van Persie's choice to show some affection towards Ferguson has, though, been a source of much hilarity in the Manchester United dressing room, says Evra, with the former Arsenal captain's teammates not letting him forget the decision to take the role as teacher's pet.
"Robin has had a lot of stick from us," he added.
"It was nice. I could see a lot of love and emotion.
"It is the first time we saw that. Robin can tell you, for two or three days we have been getting at him. It is good to see love like that on the pitch sometimes."