Bruno Fernandes explains why he let Marcus Rashford take Man Utd penalty

Date published: Tuesday 24th November 2020 10:40

Bruno Fernandes insists it does not matter who gets the goals as long as Manchester United are winning.

Fernandes scored two goals to set United on their way to victory against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

However, when United won a penalty to go 3-0 up, the Portugal international did not take it. Instead, he allowed Marcus Rashford to do the honours.

Hence, Fernandes* declined the chance to score a hat-trick. After the game, he explained why.

“Of course every player wants a hat-trick,” he told BT Sport. “But after the game in the Premier League I told Rashford that he could take the next one so I remembered that and also he’s one of the top scorers in the Champions League so it’s important for him to get the confidence.

“It doesn’t matter who takes the penalty as long as the team scores.”

Instead, the highlight for Fernandes was his opening goal, which was a sweetly struck half-volley from outside the box.

“It was a really good goal,” he admitted. “I always say we need to be ready outside of the box to these kind of situations or sometimes to stop the counter.

“This time was to shoot maybe next time I will have to fall and take a yellow card.”

Fernandes tells United not to relax

Overall, Fernandes – who went off with about half an hour left – was satisfied with United’s performance, which puts them in a commanding position in their group.

“I think we played really well,” he said. “We started the game with the right mentality – strong, intense. First half was important to get three points today.

“We’re in a good position but can’t relax. We have to think of the Premier League now and win the next game on Sunday and after that we don’t have much time but we have some time to think of the next Champions League game.”

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