The last goalkeeper to save a Fernandes penalty reveals ‘secret’

Date published: Friday 31st July 2020 12:14 - Joe Williams

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Goalkeeper Miguel Soares has revealed the “secret” to saving a penalty from Man Utd midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Man Utd have had a number of penalties awarded to them since Fernandes was signed in January with Jose Mourinho even having a little dig at their spot kick count this season.

Fernandes has been successful in converting all of his penalties this campaign for Man Utd with Soares the last man to save a penalty of his.

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You have to go back to October 2018 since Fernandes last missed a penalty when Soares, who played for Loures at the time, made the save in a Portuguese Cup clash against Sporting Lisbon.

On that moment, Soares told the Daily Star: “The save was a great moment. The secret was the small movement I made to the left.

“Bruno looks at the keeper when he takes a penalty, so I did the same to him. I feigned to dive to the left, and went to the right.

“I wanted to make Bruno take his decision as late as possible. I didn’t want to make his life easier.

“We took Sporting all the way to extra time, and still gave them a scare before they won 2-1.

“I hope Bruno can continue converting penalties in the Premier League. He’ll miss one eventually, but I hope it won’t be for a while – it is better for me.

“I didn’t manage to get his shirt after the Sporting game, but I would love to have one of his Manchester United shirts now.

“Although I was his opponent on the day, I am a big fan of his.”


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