The phrase ‘Fergie time’ has become a popular part of football culture over the past decade.
It comes from Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous watch tapping back in Manchester United’s glory days, where seemingly every week there’d be extra minutes added on at the end of games – in which the Red Devils would score.
But, the Daily Mail has done some research, and it turns out United are not even close to the top of the table when it comes to most goals scored in injury time in the Premier League era.
No, it actually turns out that Liverpool are the side that have scored the most injury time winners, with United way down in fifth place – ironically where they finished in real life last season.
Liverpool’s 28 goals is seven clear of second placed Arsenal (also where they finished last season), with Chelsea and Everton making up the top four.
Then come United in fifth with 18, way ahead of Manchester City who have bagged just ten – although one of those was Sergio Aguero’s incredible winner against Queens Park Rangers.
It was the Red Devils who made ‘Fergie time’ a thing though, starting with Steve Bruce’s header against Sheffield Wednesday back in 1993 – when Marcus Rashford (who scored United’s latest winner against Bruce’s former side, Hull, this weekend) wasn’t even born.
And who can forget Michael Owen’s winner for United against Manchester City in 2009? And Federico Macheda’s momentum shifting strike against Aston Villa later that year?
But it turns out they’re nowhere near Liverpool in terms of numbers of late winners, with Stan Collymore’s clincher against Newcastle United in 1996 the most famous of the lot, as the Geordies managed to blow winning the Premier League after leading by 12 points in April.
Here’s the full top ten:
- Liverpool – 28
- Arsenal – 21
- Chelsea – 20
- Everton – 19
- Manchester United – 18
- Newcastle United – 17
- Tottenham Hotspur – 17
- Aston Villa – 13
- Wigan Athletic – 12
- Bolton Wanderers – 11