Bruno Fernandes hits back at Manchester United penalty critics
The Portuguese star proved himself to be a deft hand from the spot last season. In fact, Fernandes has missed just two of the last 30 penalties he has taken.
Having taken over the penalty duties since joining United, Fernandes is yet to miss one for the Red Devils.
Eight of his 12 goals last season came from the spot. This has led to critics branding him a penalty merchant. (h/t The Mirror)
The 26-year-old has hit back at his detractors claiming that scoring from the spot is harder than it looks.
“For most people, it’s easy when you’re in front of the TV.”
Fernandes also invoked memories of the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea. United won their third European Cup that night after overcoming the Blues on penalties.
Anyone arguing over the ease of taking penalties can bring up the issue with Chelsea skipper John Terry. The Blues star slipped and missed from the spot, giving United the initiative.
Fernandes, however, has shown remarkable mental fortitude to step up time and again and dispatch penalties with ease.
“Penalties are part of the game, you know. You need to score. You have the chance, but you need to score.”
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As yet, Ole Gunnar Solskajer has no reason to remove Fernandes from the spot-kick duty. However, should a reason arise, the player admits he will only be too happy to step aside.