Revealed: How Fernandes disobeyed Solskjaer’s order to leave penalty for Ronaldo
Bruno Fernandes, the Manchester United midfielder, took the penalty in their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa despite being instructed to leave it for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to The Transfer Window podcast.
Recall that it was United’s first loss of the new Premier League campaign.
Fernandes placed the ball on the spot with Villa a goal up and blazed his effort over the bar.
Following Ronaldo’s return to United, many expected the 36-year-old to take over penalty duty from his compatriot.
Solskjaer had instructed that Ronaldo take any penalty ahead of their clash with Villa, but Fernandes took it upon himself to step up.
“Very interesting interaction between the Aston Villa goalkeeper, the penalty kick specialist, Emiliano Martinez, and Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. One of the things the goalkeeper used to try to put Bruno Fernandes off was to say to Cristiano Ronaldo, ‘you should be taking this penalty’. And it turns out he was right.
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“Information I have is that going into that game against Aston Villa, Cristiano Ronaldo was the designated penalty taker for Manchester United.
“He should’ve taken the penalty at the key moment in the game, instead Bruno Fernandes took it upon himself to take it and ultimately missed it.
“I think from that information you can probably see why he made such an act of apology in putting out a seven paragraph social media mea culpa over that miss,” Duncan Castles said on the podcast.
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