Bruno Fernandes sets new Manchester United record after Aston Villa equaliser


Bruno Fernandes’ penalty on Sunday afternoon saw him enter the Manchester United and Premier League history books.

No player in the club’s history has ever scored more than Fernandes’ 13 penalties in one season, as revealed by ESPN, and it continues his remarkable record since moving to Old Trafford.

It has only been just over 15 months since the 26-year-old joined the club but he has already scored 21 penalties in his 76 appearances.

With Fernandes bagging 39 goals in that time, it means more than half – well 53.9 per cent to be precise – of his goals for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have come via the penalty spot.

And his penalty during the 3-1 victory at Aston Villa was the 113th spot kick in the Premier League this season – the most during a season in the competition’s history. The previous record of 112 came during the 2006-07 campaign.



Bruno Fernandes' penalty against Aston Villa means 53.9 per cent of his goals have come via the penalty spot
Bruno Fernandes’ penalty against Aston Villa means 53.9 per cent of his goals have come via the penalty spot

His 27th United goal in all competitions this season was also the most of any midfielder at a Premier League club since Frank Lampard achieved the same feat in the 2009-10 season, per Opta.

Fernandes has had a transformative effect on United since joining from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £47 million.

The Portugal international has only missed one penalty since his arrival, when Karl Darlow saved his effort during the 4-1 win over Newcastle United in October.

READ  Frank Lampard ‘likes’ John Terry’s Instagram post ‘tapping up’ Declan Rice for Chelsea

By that point, his penalty taking abilities had already become a regular talking point and in an interview with Manchester United’s website in September, he appeared to show some frustration at the suggestion he is a ‘penalty merchant’.



Bruno Fernandes now has 27 goals in all competitions this season
Bruno Fernandes now has 27 goals in all competitions this season

“We can’t talk a lot about penalties because everybody will say: ‘Bruno only scores with penalties’,” he said. “If the others score them, it’s no problem! They just score a penalty, you know!

“Penalties are part of the game, you know. You need to score. You have the chance but you need to score.

“I know everyone is talking about them like it’s easy but you can lose a final with a penalty. Manchester won the Champions League in Moscow with penalties [in 2008].

“For most people, it’s easy when you’re in front of the TV. It is easy – just look at the goalkeeper jump to his left so why don’t you shoot to the right? Yeah, I can shoot to the right but, on my mind, was the left and the goalkeeper saved it! It can happen! But the most important thing, for me, is to keep scoring.

“It doesn’t matter if I take penalties,“ he continued. “We have a lot of qualities in the team, like I’ve said before. I already talked with some players. Rashy was the guy who took the penalties so I tell him:, ‘When you feel confident, if you want to take the penalty, for me, it is not a problem.’ I will not fight.

READ  New York Giants icon Eli Manning set to retire after 16 NFL seasons

“I feel confident with penalties and I want to take them but, if someone comes to me to ask to take a penalty, I will not fight every time, just to take a penalty. In that moment, I can be tired or not prepared to take a penalty and I can say easily: ‘You take it’.

“I trust in my team-mates – Rashy, Anthony [Martial] and also Paul [Pogba], they have a lot of qualities and can take it. We have really good penalty-takers. The most important thing is scoring for Manchester United. It doesn’t matter if it is Bruno or someone else.”





READ SOURCE

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here