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There is nothing quite like a last-minute goal, and we look at five great strikes.

On this day in 1993, Steve Bruce scored a memorable last minute for Manchester United, which kick-started their search for the Premier League title.

It was a goal of vital importance for United, and arguably sparked the Red Devil’s domination of the Premier League era.

There is nothing quite like the drama of a last minute goal, and in honour of Bruce’s, we take a look at five other memorable strikes in the Premier League era.

Federico Macheda - Manchester United vs Aston Villa

A debut goal, and maybe the goal that set United up for their title win in 2009, Macheda scored a lovely curling effort against Villa to secure a 3-2 win - having been behind at one point. His career has since fizzled out, and is playing with Championship side Cardiff City, but this goal was vital in United’s search for another Premier League title.

Aaron Lennon - Tottenham vs Arsenal

Having been 4-2 down in this North London derby, Spurs came back to clinch a 4-4 draw through Jermaine Jenas’s 89th minute goal and an Aaron Lennon tap-in. It is Lennon’s strike that goes down in our list, and although the result was not a victory of Spurs, it certainly felt like that for Tottenham and Harry Redknapp - who was in his first game in charge of the club.

Lee Bowyer - Leeds United vs Derby

From 3-0 down to a 4-3, Bowyer scored a powerful strike from the edge of the area inside the final minutes to clinch victory for Leeds. Back in 1997, this game also saw goals from Harry Kewell and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, whilst George Graham’s Leeds side broke their shackles of defensive football to provide a display of real spirit.

Gareth Bale - Tottenham vs West Ham

Rather than importance, this goal is on the list for its pure quality, as it clicnhed Spurs an injury time 3-2 win at the Boleyn Ground. It was Bale’s eighth goal in six games, and it took a strike of such brilliance to defeat Jussi Jaaskelainen, who was having a great game.

Sergio Aguero - Manchester City vs QPR

Arguably the most famous last minute goal in the Premier League era, Aguero’s strike against QPR was not just game deciding, but also title deciding. 2-1 down at home to a 10-man QPR, City had to win the tie to secure the title from Manchester United. Edin Dzeko scored an equaliser in injury time, before Aguero made history with his even later strike as City won their first Premier League title.

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