Bruno Fernandes hits back at critics over Man Utd penalty jibes

Date published: Thursday 24th September 2020 1:15

Fernandes has a 100 per cent record from the spot since joining Man Utd in January.

Bruno Fernandes has hit back at his critics who claim he “only scores penalties” and admits he is willing to share the spot-kick duties with his teammates.

Fernandes has been a revelation since arriving at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in January.

He has a 100 per cent record from the spot for United, but is wary of those who claim that is the key part of his game.

He said: “We can’t talk a lot about penalties because everybody will say, ‘Bruno only scores with penalties’. If the others score them, it’s no problem! They just score a penalty, you know!’

“Penalties are part of the game, you know. You need to score. You have the chance, but you need to score.

“I know everyone is talking about them like it’s easy, but you can lose a final with a penalty. Manchester United won the Champions League in Moscow with penalties (in 2008).

“For most people, it’s easy when you’re in front of the TV. It is easy, ‘just look at the goalkeeper jump to his left so why don’t you shoot to the right?’

“Yeah, I can shoot to the right but, in my mind, was the left and the goalkeeper saved it! It can happen! But the most important thing, for me, is to keep scoring.”

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Fernandes claims he won’t hog penalty duty and is willing to share the load with the rest of the squad.

He added: “It doesn’t matter if I take penalties.

“We have a lot of qualities in the team, like I’ve said before. I already talked with some players. Rashy (Marcus Rashford) was the guy who took the penalties, so I tell him, ‘when you feel confident, if you want to take the penalty, for me, it is not a problem.’ I will not fight.

“I feel confident with penalties and I want to take them but, if someone comes to me to ask to take a penalty, I will not fight every time, just to take a penalty. In that moment, I can be tired or not prepared to take a penalty and I can say easily, ‘you take it.’

“The most important thing is scoring for Manchester United. It doesn’t matter if it is Bruno or someone else.”

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