Fernandes says he was on penalty duty against Villarreal

The subject of Manchester United’s penalty taker has been a hot topic since Cristiano Ronaldo’s return.

United got their first spot-kick since Ronaldo signed in stoppage time against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Bruno Fernandes stepped up to the plate but blazed the ball over the bar. Many might have expected Ronaldo to take United’s next penalty.

But Bruno apparently told CBS Sport host Jules Breach last night he’d have been on penalties if United had got one last night.

He added that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes the decision about who’s on penalties before every game.

That decision might raise some eyebrows but Solskjaer is clearly keen to stick with his talisman.

Fernandes clearly retains confidence in himself to score from the spot. Stepping up for the next one might help him get over the Villa miss.

Many fans will have their own view on the situation, but it doesn’t matter who takes penalties as long as United score.

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Bruno’s penalty record for United has been exceptional, but Ronaldo is the best goalscorer in the history of the game.

Solskjaer is spoiled for choice really, but he clearly hasn’t lost faith in Fernandes after one miss.

It will be interesting to see whether Fernandes is again the man on duty against Everton on Saturday.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.