Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion were embroiled in a dramatic Premier League match down on the south coast earlier this afternoon in a game which saw five goals including two late penalties.
Graham Potter’s Brighton took the lead late in the first-half through a Neil Maupay penalty. The French striker stepped up and channelled his inner Andreas Pirlo before delightfully chipping the ball past David De Gea in a ‘panenka’ style spot-kick.
The Reds fired back almost immediately after captain Harry Maguire poked the ball home from close range just before the end of the first-half.
Despite a largely disappointing first 45-minutes United came out after the break much the better side and soon took the lead after a stunning solo effort from forward Marcus Rashford.
As the game reached it’s latter stages the game began to turn in Brighton’s favour, despite hitting the woodwork a total of four times throughout the course of the game, the Seagulls finally managed to pull themselves back level after wide-man Solly March tucked the ball in the back of the net in the 95th-minute.
The game looked almost certain to finish 2-2 with just seconds left on the clock.
With the whistle to the ref’s mouth, Maguire rose highest in the Brighton box and headed an effort goal-bound only to be denied by goalscoring hero March right on the line.
As the ref blew for final time VAR intervened and advised him to go and check the pitch-side monitors because ‘panenka’ hero Maupay had appeared to handled Maguire’s effort.
Upon closer inspection the referee agreed and a 100th-minute penalty was eventually awarded.
The correct decision was made, no doubt about that, but confusion set in among rivals fans because the referee appeared to blow his whilst before awarding a penalty.
Although rare, not against the rules, as sport businessman Dave Phillips kindly cleared up for us.
In case people are wondering whether a referee can signal the end of the game and yet then award a penalty kick, this is permitted in certain circumstances inc. if they haven’t left the field of play or they go to the Referee Review Area.
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) September 26, 2020
In light of the dramatic end to today’s game, rival fans took to their social media to spread their saltiness far and wide – You just love to see it.
Does Fergie time include goals scored AFTER the full time whistle???
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmith93) September 26, 2020
United defrosting Fergie out so they can still participate in match fixing pic.twitter.com/oKgowQ9MTP
— ً (@sxlmss) September 26, 2020
Fergie time came back! pic.twitter.com/BeoGoD9RZB
— Shirtless Plantain Show (@Nigerianscamsss) September 26, 2020
Not even Fergie & his ‘Fergie time’ ever managed to get a game won after the final whistle
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) September 26, 2020
Fergie time is when Manchester United score a goal deep into extra time.
Ole time is when Man United score a goal AFTER the final whistle. #BHAMUN
— E (@iamOkon) September 26, 2020
Solskjær not just learning from his master’s trademark concept of “Fergie time”, but improving on it. Elite manager.
— Kristian (@vonstrenginho) September 26, 2020
From FERGIE TIME goal to AFTER THE FINAL WHISTLE goal.
— Dr. Kelechi Anyikude (@KelechiAFC) September 26, 2020
We need start talking about Fergie Time. That shit was match fixing at it’s finest
— IG: @realafricaneli (@AfricanEliV2) September 26, 2020
This is an embarrassing win. Fergie is not happy. pic.twitter.com/wo1HzONBN3
— Fridah_ke😍 (@F_rida_h) September 26, 2020
Ladies & Gentleman, I present to you the shameless referee, Chris Kavanagh that gave Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes, Solskjaer, Fergie, Wan Bissaka, Martial & Pogba that shameless penalty. Lamptey, you are good. What a game indeed & an extreme win… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/2Huyaf839E
— Eze Gburu Gburu 1™© (@Prof_aboki) September 26, 2020