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Top 5: Fergie time goals

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Manchester United are the comeback kings. Sir Alex Ferguson's side are renowned for their late comebacks and scoring right at the death, in a stage of the game more commonly referred to as 'Fergie time'.

Here is a look at five of the most significant goals scored in 'Fergie time' starting with Michael Owen's late winner in the Manchester derby in 2009.

5. Michael Owen | Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City
Premier League, September 20 2009

90+5 minutes: Michael Owen’s first and probably the most important goal of his Old Trafford career came against City. 

It was one of the most controversial goals of that year, with the referee allowing play to continue into the sixth minute of stoppage time, despite only indicating 4 additional minutes.  

To the delight of the United fans, Manchester remained red courtesy of Owen's late winner.

4. Wayne Rooney | Manchester United 3-1 Manchester City
League Cup, January 27 2010

90+2 minutes: Wayne Rooney has scored some spectacular goals against United's noisy neighbours, including THAT bicycle kick at Old Trafford.

On this occasion Rooney's dramatic stoppage-time header sent Manchester United into the Carling Cup final and wrecked Manchester City's hopes of reaching a first major Wembley showpiece in 29 years.

3. Federico Macheda | Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa
Premier League, April 5 2009

90+3 minutes: Macheda's goal typifies Manchester United. 

Scoring on his debut in the dying moments of the game, and with the nature of the comeback, these are all features of United under Sir Alex Ferguson. 

The setting was, fittingly, Old Trafford. Devoid of luck, United welcomed Aston Villa with the wounds of Liverpool’s annihilation three weeks prior still fresh, still burning. 

In second place, United needed a win to return to the summit - their seemingly impenetrable seven point advantage sliced to ribbons by two consecutive defeats.

It was an incredible finish to a match that twisted and turned and had looked to be going the way of Villa rather than the champions. 

But after digging deep, and finding inspiration from an untried teenager, United leapfrogged Liverpool at the top of the table and went on to win the league.

2. Steve Bruce | Manchester United 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Premier League, April 10 1993

90+6 minutes: With six games left to play, United were looking over their shoulders as title-contenders Norwich City maintained a challenge into the later stages of the season.

But two headed goals from Steve Bruce against Wednesday calmed the nerves as United eased to their first league title in 26 years. 

John Sheridan had given the visitors the lead in the 65th minute but stand-in skipper Bruce found the net in the 86th and 96th minutes to send the United fans wild. 

Ferguson's assistant at the time, Brian Kidd, might still be embarrassed about his knee-slide onto the hallowed turf, but it's a scene that football fans all over the world will never forget.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Manchester United 2-1 Bayern München
Champions League, May 26 1999

90+3 minutes: This goal is one that lives long in the memory, and is arguably one of the most famous goals of all-time.

Bayern Munich didn’t have a clue what hit them having lead with minutes remaining. 

We have not seen a Champions League final like it, although Liverpool did their best to emulate United's success, but to no avail. 

The baby-faced super-sub ensured his name was written in the history books with just one kick, and United fans will forever be grateful.

 

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Federico Macheda
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Michael Owen
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Steve Bruce
Manchester United
Wayne Rooney

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