Rio Ferdinand has broken down how ‘Fergie Time’ felt for Manchester United players.
Back in the noughties, the idea that United always scored in injury time added was made famous during the reign of the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
The phrase, ‘Fergie Time’, became stuff of legend when United would frequently win games late on – sometimes even past the allocated minutes for injury time.
However, United fans would argue that was because their team would never stop until the last whistle and gave it everything they had to pull a victory out of a hat, as was the case in their 2-1 win over Villarreal.
It happened famously in the 1999 Champions League Final, when Ferguson’s men looked to be heading to heartbreak in Barcelona until Teddy Sheringham levelled in the 91st minute before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer poked home with one of the last kicks of the game to win the club’s second ever European crown.
And in one of the more memorable Manchester derbies, Michael Owen scored his first goal for the club in the 96th minute after Craig Bellamy looked to have secure a point for City when he scored in the 91st minute.
With countless examples of United scoring late on to get a result, United players believed ‘Fergie Time’ was no coincidence.
And speaking after the victory over Villarreal – in which Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner resurrected talk of ‘Fergie time’ – Ferdinand broke down why United would win so many games late on.
Ferdinand said: “When you have a player like Ronaldo in, the players in the dressing room alongside him are given life.
“When it gets to 80 minutes, 90 minutes when that board goes up – there’s a lease of life, a belief. You get to feel that if the chance comes, and they will come, Cristiano Ronaldo will put them away.
“It gives the team a spring in it’s step – that was huge for our team when we played.
“When the pressure turns up, you don’t panic – I feel like we were more composed than other teams.”