Watch: Man Utd’s Bruno Fernandes skies injury-time penalty over the bar
There was plenty of talk about penalties in the lead up to Manchester United‘s clash with Aston Villa, and as if it were fate, they were given their first spot-kick of the season in dramatic circumstances.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had complained in his pre-match press conference about the lack of penalties that his side have been given, appearing to blame comments by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for the downturn.
Kortney Hause scored a brilliant header late on to make it 1-0 to Villa, but the defender was fortunate he wasn’t punished for giving away a penalty after handling the ball moments later.
Summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of football and many assumed he’d be given responsibility – but it was his Portugal team-mate Bruno Fernandes that remained entrusted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fernandes has been a reliable penalty-taker for United, but he won’t want to see this effort back: he lashed it right over the bar.
It will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo is on penalty-taking duties from this point onwards.