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Robin van Persie may have been on the receiving end of a big defeat on his return to Old Trafford on Thursday night, but there were positives on a personal level.

From the moment he took to the pitch as a Fenerbahce player, the Dutch striker was treated to a great reception from the Manchester United faithful and the veteran striker capped a memorable night with a consolation goal in the closing stages of United's win.

The way the 71,000 Old Trafford reacted to that goal summed up just how much respect they still have for their former player. Perhaps most surprising, though, was the reaction of Sir Alex Ferguson to a goal scored against the team he managed for over two decades.

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Throughout his time in charge of United, any goal scored against his team usually led to either a furious response or more intense chomping on his chewing gum for Sir Alex.

Van Persie's goal, however, induced a far different reaction - and probably one he has never had when watching a goal scored against the Red Devils - a hearty round of applause.

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As you can see, Ferguson wasn't the only one happy to see RVP find the back of the net from close range. 

Indeed, the majority of those in attendance actually rose to their feet to pay their respect to a man who almost single-handedly led United to the title back in 2013.

Of course, the fact the Old Trafford club were already 4-0 up at the time of van Persie's goal may have played a part in the crowd's enthusiastic reaction.

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