Bruno Fernandes: “I will take it again without any fear”
Bruno Fernandes skied the stoppage time spot kick in yesterday’s 0-1 loss Manchester United suffered at home to Aston Villa – a second straight loss at the Old Trafford.
Kortney Hause had put Aston Villa a goal ahead with only 2 minutes of stoppage time left to play before handling the ball in his own penalty area in stoppage time. Bruno Fernandes then stepped up to take despite Croatia Ronaldo’s presence on the pitch, and blazed it over the post – his first penalty to not stay on target in his career.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about the antics of Aston Villa goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, before the penalty kick. Martinez appeared to have gestured that it should be Ronaldo taking the penalty, and not Bruno.
“First of all, what I didn’t like was the way they crowded the referee and the penalty spot and Bruno and tried to affect him,” Solskjaer said. “It clearly worked but that’s not great to see.
“Bruno has been excellent and Cristiano is probably the one who has scored the most penalties in world football. We’ve got great takers and it’s a missed opportunity for us to get a point.”
Bruno took to Instagram to apologize for his failure to secure a point for United from the spot and had the following to say:
“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this. Today, I failed. But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.
“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve.
“Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.
“Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional.
“I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us.”