Fernandes: I’ll take penalties again ‘without fear’

Date published: Sunday 26th September 2021 10:30 - Toby Bowles

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Bruno Fernandes has issued a response to his penalty miss in the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Portuguese international assumed responsibility from the spot in the 93rd minute, but sent his effort well over the bar.

Fernandes has long been a reliable penalty taker for Manchester United but the decision to let him take this one raised eyebrows, considering the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo.


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United would pay for the mistake, as Villa left Old Trafford with all three points thanks to Kortney Hause’s header five minutes before.

In an Instagram post after the game, Fernandes vowed to maintain faith in his ability from the spot, and thanked United fans for their continued support.

“Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat,” he wrote.

“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this. Today, I failed. But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.

“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.

 

 

“Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.

“The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.

“I’m a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I’ll continue to do.

“Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional… I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us.”

 

 

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