Is it REALLY Fergie time? Manchester United are not kings of the last-minute winner in the Premier League

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  • Marcus Rashford scored a dramatic late equaliser against Hull on Saturday
  • Manchester United have fifth most last-gasp winners in Premier League
  • Despite the ‘Fergie time’ label, Liverpool are way ahead of United with 28
  • United are also behind Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton for late, late strikes

After Marcus Rashford’s 93rd minute winner against Hull on Saturday, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho told the club’s official website that his side won in ‘Fergie time.’

The term is well-recognised in the football world, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s sides known and characterised for their last-gasp strikes.

But should ‘Fergie time’ be scrapped, or did it even deserve to be coined in the first place? After a bit of digging, it looks one of United’s old foes are the true kings of the last-minute winner.

Jose Mourinho said United scored in 'Fergie time', a term known well in the football world

Jose Mourinho said United scored in ‘Fergie time’, a term known well in the football world

But in the Premier League era Liverpool have scored the most last-gasp winners, not United

But in the Premier League era Liverpool have scored the most last-gasp winners, not United

 

Liverpool currently reign supreme at the top of the last-gasp winners chart. The Reds have scored an astonishing 28 goals after the 90th minute since the Premier League began.

The most famous of those 28 last-minute strikes came in Liverpool’s incredible 4-3 win against Newcastle on April 3 1996. Stan Collymore cut in from the left wing and blasted a shot past Pavel Srnicek in the 92nd minute to give the Reds the victory in a game that is now remembered as one of the greatest ever in the Premier League era.

After the end-to-end classic, then Liverpool manager Roy Evans said: ‘To be fair, it was kamikaze defending. Managers would be dead within six months if every game was like that.’ 

Robin Van Persie's 92nd minute volley against Liverpool is one of Arsenal's 21 last-gasp goals

Robin Van Persie’s 92nd minute volley against Liverpool is one of Arsenal’s 21 last-gasp goals

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Arsenal are second behind Liverpool with 21 stoppage-time screamers.

One of their most memorable late efforts is Robin Van Persie’s stunning 92nd minute volley – ironically against Liverpool – in their 2-1 win at Anfield on March 3 2012.

The classy Dutchman combined power with precision as he connected with an Alex Song pass to fire past Pepe Reina and send travelling Arsenal fans into a state of euphoria. 

Fernando Torres capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score against Manchester City late on

Fernando Torres capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score against Manchester City late on

Chelsea are third with 20 injury-time goals. Diego Costa has already scored some crucial late goals in the dying embers of the Blues’ opening league matches this season, but Fernando Torres’ 90th minute winner against Manchester City on October 27 2013 stands out purely for the defensive mix-up between Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart.

A lack of communication between the Serbian and England’s No 1 led to Nastasic nodding the ball over his keeper and giving Torres an open goal to poke the ball into.

The Spaniard’s £50m move to Chelsea from Liverpool did not pan out as he would’ve liked but he was still able to score some crucial goals during his time at Stamford Bridge. 

Wayne Rooney announced himself to the football world with a 30-yard effort against Arsenal

Wayne Rooney announced himself to the football world with a 30-yard effort against Arsenal

Behind in Chelsea in fourth – a position they would love to be in the league at the end of the season – is Everton.

The Blues have scored 19 injury-time winners in the Premier League, but there is surely no debate about which one is the most memorable.

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Wayne Rooney announced himself on the world football stage with a 30-yard effort that beat David Seaman and dipped wonderfully into the top left corner.

Rooney, just 16 at the time, controlled the ball brilliantly to create room for himself and broke Arsenal’s 30-game unbeaten streak with a truly stunning effort on October 19 2002. Whatever happened to him?

Steve Bruce (centre) all but won Manchester United the first Premier League title in 1993

Steve Bruce (centre) all but won Manchester United the first Premier League title in 1993

In fifth it’s Manchester United with 18. Despite the phrase ‘Fergie time’, United are a whole 10 goals behind Liverpool in the 90th minute winner stakes, but the goal that coined the phrase was also the one that all but decided the destiny of the first Premier League title.

Steve Bruce’s header in the sixth minute of injury time had Ferguson jumping for joy on the pitch as United dug deep to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Old Trafford on April 10 1993.

United have netted a smorgasbord of memorable late, late winners in the Premier League era: Michael Owen’s cute 95th minute finish in the 4-3 win over Manchester City in the autumn of 2009 and Federico Macheda’s momentum shifting curler in April of the same year immediately spring to mind. 

But as Bruce’s 96th minute header essentially handed them the title in 1993, another goal at the death, this time from their arch-rivals Manchester City, snatched the trophy from the clutches of Ferguson’s men.

Sergio Aguero's 95th minute winner gave Manchester City their first ever Premier League title

Sergio Aguero’s 95th minute winner gave Manchester City their first ever Premier League title

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United thought they had won the Premier League in 2012 after beating Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, as their noisy neighbours toiled against Queens Park Rangers.

Up stepped Sergio Aguero, who exchanged passes with Mario Balotelli, danced past a desperate tackle and fired past Robert Green to hand the title to City and provide the most dramatic ending to a season there has arguably ever been. 

Manchester City have scored 10 stoppage-time winners in the Premier League, but the other nine pale in comparison to Aguero’s title-winning brilliance at the death.

THE FULL LIST OF TEAMS’ LAST-GASP WINNERS IN PREMIER LEAGUE HISTORY

1 Liverpool – 28 goals 

2 Arsenal – 21

3 Chelsea -20

4 Everton – 19

5 Manchester United – 18

6 Newcastle – 17

7 Tottenham – 17

8 Aston Villa – 13

9 Wigan Athletic – 12

10 Bolton Wanderers – 11

11 Southampton – 11

12 Blackburn Rovers – 10 

13 Manchester City – 10

14 Sunderland – 9

15 West Ham – 9

16 Fulham – 8

17 Stoke City – 8

18 Charlton Athletic – 6

19 Norwich City – 6

20 Birmingham City – 5

21 Leeds United – 5

22 Middlesbrough – 5 

23 Reading – 4

24 Leicester City – 3

25 West Bromwich Albion – 3 

26 Coventry City – 2

27 Crystal Palace – 2 

28 Hull City – 2

29 Ipswich Town – 2

30 Portsmouth – 2

31 Wimbledon – 2

32 Cardiff City – 1

33 Derby County – 1

34 Nottingham Forest – 1

35 Oldham Athletic – 1 

36 Queens Park Rangers – 1 

37 Sheffield United – 1

38 Sheffield Wednesday – 1 

39 Swansea City – 1

40 Watford – 1

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