Bruno Fernandes waives penalty – and treble – in Man Utd win | Football News

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Bruno Fernandes explained why he gave up on treble chance in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was happy his players ‘share the penalties’ .

Fernandes opened the scoring in the Champions League clash with a stunner in the seventh minute, before dropping from close to just 19 minutes.

The Portuguese then had the opportunity to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot after Rashford was regrouped inside the box by Boli Bolingoli – but despite the initial catch of the ball he pulled away, allowing Rashford to style a categorical half of the hosts.

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Marcus Rashford finally sends the penalty to carry it 3-0

“Of course every player wants to make a hat-trick, but after the Premier League game I told ‘Rashy’ the next one he would take,” Fernandes said after the game.

“I remembered that – and also because he’s one of the Champions League’s top scorers, I thought it would be important for him to take that confidence.

He added to BT Sport: “But it doesn’t matter who takes the penalties, the most important thing is to score. ”

It was the 30th penalty Manchester United had received in 75 games since the start of last season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had no issues with his players sharing the responsibility.

Solskjaer said: “Bruno is very confident, Marcus is also a very good penalty taker; if Bruno feels he wants to give it to Marcus, too bad. Anthony (Martial) had one against RB Leipzig so why not? share them. ”

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Fernandes has been involved in 34 goals in 35 games in all competitions for Man Utd (21 goals, 13 assists)

When asked if he was ever surprised by the Portuguese contribution, Solskjaer said at his press conference: “Not really, no.

“Of course we see him every day in training. We knew what we were going to get when we brought Bruno into the squad. He is a player who likes to take risks. He likes to create chances, he likes to score goals.

“He’s a winner, he wants the team to win and he wants the team to do well. I think it shows today that he can do more than just take penalties. “

No complacency from Solskjaer

The 4-1 triumph – capped by a late goal from Dan James – means Solskjaer’s side only need one point from their last two.
matches to qualify for the last 16 games, but next week’s home game against PSG and the trip to RB Leipzig mean the manager is not getting ahead.

“The group is always very open,” said the Norwegian.

“We have nine, two out of six points (PSG and RB Leipzig) and Basaksehir on three, so we still need points to pass.

Manchester United only need one point to qualify for Group H
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Manchester United only need one point to qualify for Group H

“One should probably be enough and three probably give you the win, so hopefully against PSG we can get the points we need but that’s another matter.

“Edinson (Cavani on his first start) and Donny (van de Beek) both did very well.

“Of course, I thought the whole team played really well. We found our positions and the pace with the ball was really good.

“We deserved the win, of course, after this first half. The second half is always different and it’s harder to keep up when you win 3-0. “

Pogba update, Solskjaer’s waiting in duo

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof were replaced with problems in a move Solskjaer hopes to be wary of.

“I hope they will be ready for the weekend, but we are not sure. It’s a back problem for Victor and Aaron had an ankle problem so there was no point in risking more swelling. ”

Solskjaer also gave a brief pre-match update on Paul Pogba, who was absent from the squad.

“His ankle is swollen. He trained [on Monday] but I was not feeling well and the confirmation was there [Tuesday] Morning. “



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