Bruno Fernandes confirms Manchester United penalty taker policy after Cristiano Ronaldo arrival
Bruno Fernandes says he was on penalty duty for Manchester United in their win over Villarreal after being selected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the match.
Fernandes, 27, missed a crucial last-minute spot-kick for United in their defeat to Aston Villa last weekend but seemingly has the backing of his manager to put things right the next time his side earn a penalty.
Despite missing his latest attempt from 12-yards the Portuguese midfielder still has a conversion rate of 91.30 per cent since joining United having scored with 21 of his previous 23 efforts.
Speaking after the match Fernandes confirmed United’s new penalty policy following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and claimed he would have been tasked with taking one against Villarreal in midweek.
“I was on penalties but we didn’t get one,” he told reporter Jules Breach after the match. “The manager will decide before the game who takes it.”
In the end United did not need to rely on Fernandes’ composure from 12-yards to secure victory over Villarreal thanks to a dramatic winner from Ronaldo late into the match.
The Spanish side had dominated for the majority of the match at Old Trafford but saw Paco Alcacer’s opening goal cancelled out by Alex Telles’ stunning first goal for the club.
Ronaldo’s winner deep into added time saw United secure their first three points in Europe this season and left them third in Group F ahead of back-to-back matches against leaders Atalanta.