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“Fergie time” is 79 seconds. “Fergie time” is the widely held belief by supporters of other team, that if Man Utd are losing after 90 minutes, the referee will extend injury time long enough for them to equalise or win. Last year, the BBC analysed Fergie time. It found that Man Utd were not unique in being given extra injury time when they were losing, although it appeared they got more than other teams. Games went on 79 seconds longer when Manchester United were losing than winning. Man Utd’s towering achievement – securing the treble with victory in the 1999 European Champions League – was achieved in Fergie time, when they reversed a Bayern Munich lead, by scoring two goals after the 90th minute.


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