Bruno Fernandes confirms Man Utd’s first choice penalty taker after Aston Villa failure


Bruno Fernandes handed a penalty for added time at the helm in the loss to Aston Villa last week, prompting Cristiano Ronaldo to shoot for Manchester United instead.

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Bruno Fernandes has confirmed he remains Manchester United’s first-choice shooter, even though he missed a vital shot on goal in the loss to Aston Villa.

The dud prompted calls for the signing of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be given the 12-meter duties in the future.

This is despite the fact that Fernandes has recorded a remarkable 91% penalty conversion rate during his career, having missed just four of 47 attempts.

Two of those misfires have come since joining the Red Devils, with the midfielder scoring his other 22 penalties, putting his conversion rate above Ronaldo’s 85%.

Bruno Fernandes insisted he will retain his penalty duties for Manchester United


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Fernandes has so far been virtually flawless from the penalty spot for United, but he has faced calls to be removed from his post following Saturday’s loss.

Villa took the lead with a powerful header from Kortney Hause two minutes from the end of regulation time.

But the defender was then tried for handling Edinson Cavani’s header by referee Mike Dean, who scored the point.

Amid the protests that followed from the visitors, Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez started some mind games with Fernandes and Ronaldo.

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The Argentine could be seen taunting Ronaldo into taking the penalty instead of Fernandes, who was clearly within earshot of the discussion.

Despite Martinez’s pleas, it was Fernandes who stepped up, but the Portugal international threw his kick over the bar.

This brought an end to United’s unbeaten Premier League record, with Villa securing their first victory at Old Trafford in 12 years.

Fernandes’ failure certainly turned out to be costly and led to growing clamor for Ronaldo to take kicks.

Fernandes missed a penalty against Aston Villa, prompting Cristiano Ronaldo to take over

But it appears Solskjaer has chosen to ignore those calls for now, with Fernandes confirming he remains the first choice taker for Villarreal’s visit to the Champions League.

Fernandes admitted that the United boss retains the right to decide who will be the first choice in each game, but insisted he had the duties on Wednesday.

“I was on penalties but we didn’t have one. The manager will decide before the match who takes him, ”he said. BT Sport .

Despite being the first choice, Fernandes’ kicking abilities were not needed against Unai Emery’s men.

But it was up to Ronaldo to make sure Solskjaer’s side survived a scare against their Spanish visitors, scoring deep in added time to secure their first Champions League win of the season.

The only other Premier League team Fernandes missed a penalty against is Newcastle, with that missed free kick coming in October 2020.

United will no longer face the Magpies until Boxing Day, although Solskjaer may of course change first-choice takers before then.

The Red Devils are next in action on Saturday noon, when they host Everton, while Fernandes is yet to draw against the Toffees.

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