Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was full of praise for the West Bromwich Albion fans following the 5-5 draw at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Albion supporters joined the United faithful in applauding the retiring Ferguson, who was also revered with a guard of honour formed by both sets of players, and van Persie felt it was a nice touch for a man ending a remarkable career.

"After 26 and a half years at United and, before that, at Aberdeen, Sir Alex deserved it," said the Dutchman.

"He's unbelievable and what the West Brom fans did was a nice touch.

"It's right to show respect. It doesn't always happen in football but, today it did and I'm glad."

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