Sir Alex Ferguson's Man United departure cost them in more ways than one

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'Fergie-time'. A famous term often used to describe the amount of stoppage time added on at the end of the game by the referee. 

It became popular due to the amount of times former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson looked at his watch and made it very clear to the fourth official that more time was required.

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The Reds were famous for scoring late goals to snatch points away from their opposition.

One of the most famous occasions in footballing history, was the European Cup Final in 1999. United were trailing 1-0 to Bayern Munich, before Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped up in stoppage time to steal the trophy away from the despairing Germans' grasp.

Is it fair to say that United have lost their fight-to-the-death attitude they had so often under Sir Alex? 

What has changed?

Under Louis van Gaal this season, they have not scored past the 62 minute mark - a feat almost unheard of in previous years at Old Trafford. So why has the change of manager halted the amount of goals they score in the final third of a game? 

During Fergie's last 10 seasons in charge, nearly 40% of goals were scored after the 63 minute.

But all that seems consigned to history - none of United's 13 goals this season have come after the 62 minute mark. Radamel Falcao's winner against Everton on Sunday came just after the hour - but that is the latest they've scored so far this season.

Leaky defence

By contrast they have conceded eight goals beyond 62 minutes; four of those coming against Leicester and three against MK Dons.

It appears that the fear-factor that came with a Ferguson side has left with him - as their fearsome new-look strike-force is let down by their somewhat porous defence.

Opponents would always be very cautious about approaching the final few minutes of the game if United weren't leading, aware that the onslaught was probably imminent and wondering whether their defence had the resolve to keep them out. 

This therefore leaves a lot of pressure on their superstar strike force to ensure they wrap up the game before the 63 minute mark, or risk being on the end of a goal scored in 'Fergie-time' by the opposition.

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