Dab, dog & dentist’s chair: The best and worst celebrations

Jesse Lingard (left) and Paul Pogba

Jesse Lingard show off some of their dance moves against Fenerbahce

Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard produced moments to savour as they scored three of Manchester United’s goals in the 4-1 Europa League victory over Fenerbahce – and their dance moves also caught the eye.

The moves included the ‘dab’ and, apparently, a bit of ‘juju’.

It’s not the first time United players have been involved in unusual goal celebrations.

Here we take a look at those and some more sent in by fans to Thursday’s live coverage of the Europa League.

Milla’s Italian wiggle (1990)

The 38-year-old Cameroon striker showed more youthful vigour than most at the tournament, scoring four goals and celebrating each with a dance at the corner flag.

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World Cup 2014: Roger Milla shows off his famous goal celebration in Wolverhampton

Touching moment for Giggs and Ince (v Leeds United, 1994)

Ryan Giggs scored the second goal for Manchester United in a 2-0 win over Leeds United, and joined Paul Ince in a choreographed routine that would not be out of place on Strictly Come Dancing.


Finidi George’s dog (v Greece, 1994)

The Nigeria striker celebrated scoring at the 1994 World Cup by getting on all fours and cocking his leg like a dog.

Sharpe’s Elvis impression (v QPR, 1995)

Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe pretended to use the corner flag as a microphone after scoring the first goal in a 2-0 FA Cup victory at Old Trafford.


Gazza in the dentist’s chair (v Scotland, 1996)

Paul Gascoigne had water squirted in his mouth after scoring against Scotland at Euro ’96. He was responding to reports about a night out during a pre-tournament trip to Hong Kong.


Bullard’s finger-wagging (v Manchester City, 2009)

Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard mimicked manager Phil Brown after equalising in a 1-1 draw.


Balotelli’s ‘Why Always Me?’ (v Manchester United, 2011)

Manchester City’s Italian lifted his shirt to reveal the message on his T-shirt after scoring against United in a 6-1 derby win.


Colombia’s ‘Thriller’ routine (v Japan, 2014)

One of Colombia’s many colourful goal celebrations at the 2014 World Cup saw players act like zombies – possibly in tribute to Michael Jackson’s Thriller video – following Juan Cuadrado’s penalty against Japan.

Rooney’s knockout punch (v Tottenham, 2015)

After scoring in a 3-0 win, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney celebrated by shadow boxing and falling over, hours after a video was published showing him appearing to be knocked out by former team-mate Phil Bardsley.


Norway’s selfie (v Thailand, 2015)

Norway’s Isabell Herlovsen celebrated her second goal in the 4-0 win over Thailand by joining a ‘team selfie’ with an imaginary camera.


Carney’s putt (v Colombia, 2015)

England winger Karen Carney followed up her goal in the 2-1 win over Colombia at the Women’s World Cup with a golf-putt celebration. A goal in one?

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