Five of the most dramatic last-gasp goals at Old Trafford against United

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Darren Bent was the latest in a long line of opponents to stun the home of Manchester United into silence with a late goal.

Fulham's 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday added further woe to David Moyes' Manchester United side as their second-half comeback proved to be in vain against a valiant Cottagers outfit.

Darren Bent stole in to head home deep into stoppage time to consign the hosts to yet more dropped points at their home, but the plaudits should not be taken away from the relegation-threatened Cottagers, who perfected their game-plan to seal a famous result.

The fact Bent's goal came so late to deny United made the 2-2 draw all the sweeter given United's record of breaking team's hearts with their interventions as the match draws to a close.

Here are the five other most dramatic late goals that would frustrate or, in the latter's case, should have.

Francisco Costinha - Manchester United 1-1 FC Porto (Champions League Second Round) - 9 Mar 2004

Heading into stoppage time of their Champions League Second Round second leg with Porto, United were heading through on the away goals rule courtesy of Paul Scholes' 31st-minute header after the first leg 2-1 loss.

But Costinha had other ideas. Tim Howard was partially to blame, parrying Benni McCarthy's free-kick into a dangerous area and allowing the Portuguese midfielder to turn the ball home from close range to send manager Jose Mourinho delirious on the touchline, culminating in a knee-slide which would be the making of him.

Emmanuel Adebayor - Manchester United 0-1 Arsenal (Premier League) - 17 Sep 2006

Arsenal had not secured a Premier League win and headed to Old Trafford - a ground they had won just twice at in the Premier League era - with little hope of an upset.

The Gunners went with five in midfield to stifle a rampant United side, who had won their opening four league matches in stark contrast and were heavy favourites for a win, particularly in Thierry Henry's absence.

Adebayor was deployed as a lone frontman and, having overcome the early setback of Gilberto Silva's missed penalty, Cesc Fabregas stole the ball off of Cristiano Ronaldo and exquisitely slid a pass in behind the defence for the rangy Togolese striker to roll the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak with just minutes to go and seal a smash-and-grab win which was rubber-stamped by Jens Lehmann's breathtaking stop from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Juan Mata - Manchester United 0-1 Chelsea (Premier League) - 5 May 2013

Chelsea strengthened their pursuit of an automatic Champions League qualification place as Juan Mata - now of United - struck home a deflected effort with just three minutes remaining to hand the champions an Old Trafford humbling.

United went through the motions having already wrapped up their 20th league title and Mata fully capitalised to see Chelsea move a point clear of Arsenal in the race for third spot, which they would ultimately claim, as Phil Jones inadvertent ricochet saw the ball zip past Anders Lindegaard to seal a priceless late win.

Bryan Oviedo - Manchester United 0-1 Everton (Premier League) - 4 Dec 2013

Everton had not won at Old Trafford for 21 years and had never done so in the David Moyes era at Goodison Park so to seal a victory there at the first time of asking since his departure was an incredible feat, made all the more pertinent given that it was against Moyes' new side in United.

Roberto Martinez's men were well worth their win but they took their time to secure it, as Bryan Oviedo popped up in the dying embers of the match to drill past David De Gea at the back post from a speculative Romelu Lukaku cross.

It prompted wild celebration amongst the Toffees faithful as they revelled in the rarest of wins at the home of the reigning champions.

Pedro Mendes - Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Premier League) - 4 Jan 2005

And finally, the goal that never was. The calls for goal-line technology were perhaps triggered by one of the most controversial decisions in recent times, which saw Tottenham robbed of all three points at Old Trafford.

Mendes' attempted lob from the halfway line - as the game moved past the 90th minute mark - was fumbled by Roy Carroll and the ball spun backwards towards goal but Carroll clawed the ball back.  

It was clear, however, to most in the ground and even television viewers on first instance, that it had crossed the line.

Fortunately for the Northern Irishman, neither linesman nor referee spotted that it had gone in and play resumed as Spurs missed out on a famous win and United clung on to a point.

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