Bruno Fernandes has revealed that he was still the designated penalty taker against Villarreal, not Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United lost their latest Premier League outing to Aston Villa. The midfielder had a chance to get his side level late into the second half but he failed to convert from the spot. Following the penalty miss, there was a lot of speculation regarding handing over penalty duties to Ronaldo – one of the best penalty takers in the world.
However, Fernandes has set all such speculation to rest following United’s Champions League win against Villarreal. The Portuguese revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides before every game who gets to take any potential penalties and on that night, the job was still his.
The Red Devils did not win a penalty against the Spanish outfit, but this is a clear indication that the manager’s trust in the attacking midfielder has not taken a hit.
Meanwhile, the former Real Madrid man has been on penalty duties at almost every club he has been at. The veteran is notorious for being a ruthless finisher from the spot and there should be no doubt that he will step up to the task when the opportunity arrives at his feet.
That being said, Solskjaer has entrusted spot-kick duties to someone worthy. The former Sampdoria man should not be looked down upon by any means as he boasts a better conversion rate than his compatriot.
However, the striker has taken more than three times as many penalties as his United teammate and still boasts a very similar conversion rate.
The best way to look at the situation is to be grateful for having two of the best players when it comes to scoring from 12 yards. If one player is absent, the gaffer should have no qualms about sending the other.