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Manchester United: Top 10 'Fergie Time' goals

As David Moyes starts work at Old Trafford, let's take a look back at one of the most famous features of Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure: 'Fergie Time'.

Given his 27-year reign, it is easy to be nostalgic about the fiery Scot's many highlights of stoppage-time goals - and so before 'Fergie Time' fades and 'Moyes Minutes' assumes practice, here is a look back at the bes 'Fergie Time' goals.

10. Rio Ferdinand v Liverpool | Premier League 2005/06

With Manchester United almost conceding the title to Chelsea in January, the battle was on for second spot. This clash had double meaning with Benitez's side hot on the heels of United, whilst being England's answer to El Clasico. And as the game unveiled to a tense ending, Giggs whipped in a free-kick which was met by the head of Rio Ferdinand, nestling into the right side of Pepe Reina's goal.

One of the most memorable goals of this fixture in the last decade, it certainly warrants a place on the list.

9. Wayne Rooney v AC Milan | Champions League semi-final 2006/07

A European semi-final is always an occasion to shout about - and this first-leg of the tie was nothing less than spectacular.

After squandering a one-goal lead, United took the game by the scruff of the neck and piled the pressure on the Italian giants. What followed was a goal from Rooney, which levelled the tie. And then, as Milan looked favourites heading into the second-leg at the San Siro, 'Fergie Time' struck.

Scholes found himself with the ball at the edge of the Milan penalty area, and the evergreen red-head chipped the ball over the Rossoneri rearguard, to set Rooney through on goal. The England international latched onto the ball to bury home a third goal for United, poising them in a great state for the tie - a great European night in Manchester.

8. Paul Scholes v Manchester City | Premier League 2009/10

As Chelsea looked ever-closer to taking the league title away from Manchester United for the first time in four years, United's challenge to retain the title looked buried as the Manchester Derby descended to a dull ending.

Yet the spectacle which promised so much eventually lived up to expectation in the 92nd minute, when Evra whipped in a cross from the left which a diving Scholes met with his head, to register a goal on the scoresheet.

Though United went on to lose the title, this gave the United fans a jubilant memory to take from the season.

7. Ryan Giggs v Norwich City | Premier League 2011/12

Having conceded an 83rd-minute equaliser in such a hard-fought match, United were piling overwhelming pressure on the Norwich defence, as a draw would leave them distant from fierce rivals Manchester City at the top of the league.

And it was almost telegraphed when Young swung the inviting ball in, that someone would be on the end of it to win the match in trademark Manchester United style. And as expected, who was it but Ryan Giggs on his 900th appearance for the club, who buried a winner to send the United fans into sweet delirium.

6. Wayne Rooney v Manchester City | League Cup 2009/10

Having lost the first leg 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium, Ferguson's boys needed to win at home against their local rivals to progress to the final.

The game was a thrilling one, with United leading a final-worthy 2-0, until the 76th minute, when Argentine nemesis Carlos Tevez looked to have taken the tie to injury time.

Yet it was only for United's talisman Wayne Rooney, to block the gatecrash from the Citizens. His 92nd-minute header flew past Ireland international Shay Given, leading to a eyebrow-raising cartwheel from the stocky 25-year-old. Incredible scenes.

5. Robin van Persie v Manchester City | Premier League 2012/13

As the Manchester rivals headed into December, the title race was well poised. The game promised so much in the way of goals, given the striking talent on show, and did not disappoint.

Two Wayne Rooney strikes sent United ahead in half an hour, leading to a courageous fightback by Manchester City, who levelled the game on the stroke of the 86th minute.

So when Manchester United were awarded a free-kick in stoppage time, three points were in touching distance. Van Persie stepped up to strike the ball which was beyond the grasp of Joe Hart, and nestled into the corner of the net. The scenes which followed showed pure bedlam amongst Manchester United players, fans and staff alike.

4. Michael Owen v Manchester City | Premier League 2009/10

When Rio Ferdinand invited Bellamy to score a 90th minute equaliser, following a stray lackadaisical chip, it seemed a new chapter in Manchester derby folklore Manchester derby had already been written.

Yet when the relentless United outfit piled the late pressure on a worried looking City defence, a potential goal was the unspeakable, yet inevitable.

But when the game ran into the 96th minute, something needed to happen quick - call natural goalscorer Michael Owen. Giggs played a perfect ball to the Chester-born hitman in an ominous position in the penalty area, where he took no strain in tucking the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Consequent pictures saw Old Trafford go barmy with Owen going on a half-hearted touchline lap of honour, an extraordinary moment to cherish.

3. Federico Macheda v Aston Villa | Premier League 2008/09

With hopes of an 18th league title prolonging reach, Manchester United needed something special to occur when their thriller against Aston Villa entered the fourth minute of stoppage time. But who could have guessed what was about to play out before them when 17-year-old Italian, Federico Macheda, was passed the ball inside the Villa penalty area.

In a fluid movement of beauty, the youngster turned and caressed the ball which curled into the right side of Brad Friedel's goal. Consequent scenes saw Macheda run into the crowd and embrace his father, whilst the rest of Old Trafford went, what can only be described as, crazy.

Lucky the subsequent yellow card Macheda received for jumping in the crowd did not dampen proceedings.

2. Steve Bruce v Sheffield Wednesday | Premier League 1992/93

With a win being pivotal to Manchester United claiming the first ever Premier League, their home game with Sheffield Wednesday did not play out as promised - with United trailing 1-0 up to the 90th minute.

It was inconceivable from this position that Fergie's boys would clinch victory, but who would dare to write off a Manchester United team?

Steve Bruce managed, in true grit style, to header home an equaliser which revived hopes, and rejuvenated the team. This fresh energy converted to pressure, unbearable for Wednesday. And this pressure prevailed to Steve Bruce heading home a goal in the (get this) 97th minute.

This prompted Ferguson and assistant Brian Kidd to consider the Old Trafford pitch a trampoline, jumping explosively upon it. Many consider this was where 'Fergie Time' was born.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer v Bayern Munich | Champions League final 1998/99

It had to be, didn't it? As Manchester United ran their legs off on the turf of the Nou Camp, it seemed all that effort had not granted a big-eared trophy.

However, just as United and Bayern Munich were shattered, the defenders felt the job was nearly done - and just one lousy marking from a David Beckham corner allowed Teddy Sheringham to get a free header, which led to an invaluable goal for Manchester United.

And you know the old saying 'one brings two', well, as Beckham whipped in another ominous corner, another head found the end of it, and someone was lurking free at the back post: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian stuck out a leg which so willingly met the ball - and with that single connection off a foot to a ball, Sir Alex Ferguson won his first Champions League trophy.

Oh, and it all happened after 90 minutes - the epitomy of 'Fergie Time'.

 

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