Sir Alex explains how ‘Fergie time’ psychologically helped Man Utd.

by Richard Laverty

Sir Alex Ferguson has said ‘Fergie time’ was just a little trick to play with the opposition’s mind in an interview with BT Sport.

The phenomenon took off when Steve Bruce headed in the winning goal against Sheffield Wednesday back in 1993 that practically secured United’s first Premier League, Ferguson’s first league title and the club’s first in 26 years.

Over the next 20 years, United made a habit of scoring late goals in games where smaller teams had come and defended for 90 minutes or even in the biggest games such as matches away at Anfield or the Etihad.

Unsurprisingly, United scored a lack of last-gasp winners when Sir Alex left the club and David Moyes took over but there was a blast to the past earlier this season when Robin van Persie equalised against Chelsea deep into stoppage time.

Speaking to BT Sport, Ferguson spoke candidly about all the late goals his team scored but suggested he never really paid attention to what was on his watch.

“Definitely. That’s why I used to go out with my watch,” said Ferguson.

“I never looked at my watch, I honestly didn’t know how many minutes it was but then it got across to my opponents and then the referee. It was a little trick.”


The same fighting spirit that United had under Ferguson appears to have returned this season with the players battling for every ball right until the final whistle.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s full interview with Claire Balding will be shown in full on BT Sport this Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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