It has emerged that during Sir Alex Ferguson’s incredible career, he put pressure upon the referees to extend the additional time originally given at the end of matches.
The unbelievable amount of additional time that was added to the end of Manchester United’s games was appropriately named ‘Fergie Time’, so the man himself coming out to reveal this is no big surprise.
The most memorable ‘Fergie Time’ must be in the game against Manchester City on September 20 2009.
Darren Fletcher put United ahead 3-2 in the 80th minute, heading home from a Ryan Giggs free-kick.
An error from Rio Ferdinand in the 90th minute then allowed Martin Petrov to slip in Craig Bellamy who calmly finished it past Ben Foster, sending the City fans into raptures.
As the City fans were celebrating what looked like their unlikely point against their closest rivals, the fourth official slowly walked to the touchline to show four minutes additional time.
Those four minutes elapsed but play still continued. You could imagine the inexplicable anger of the City fans, players and manager when Michael Owen’s clinical finish sent United home with all three points in the sixth minute of added time.
Talking about the penultimate fixture of the 2012/2013 season, Fergie said: “The fourth official (against Swansea) on Sunday showed me the board and it said eight minutes. I said, 'think again!”
This kind of pressure on referees led Fergie to many late victories, which have also helped them make their way to many titles.
Will we find that this practice will be renamed to ‘Moyes Time’ next season?
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