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Bruno Fernandes confirms who was on penalties in Villarreal win

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Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty in the loss to Aston Villa
Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty in the loss to Aston Villa / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Bruno Fernandes has confirmed that he was his side's first-choice penalty taker in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Villarreal.

Many fans were surprised to see Fernandes take the spot kick in the dying embers of the prior defeat to Aston Villa, which he skied in front of the onlooking Cristiano Ronaldo, who most assumed would be his side's primary taker.

That miss led to suggestions that Fernandes, who had scored 21 of his previous 22 penalties for United, could be stripped of penalty duty, but the midfielder confirmed that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wanted him on spot kicks against Villarreal.

"I was on penalties but we didn't get one," he told BT Sport's Jules Breach. "The manager will decide before the game who takes it."

Fernandes did not need to step up against Villarreal as it was Ronaldo who came to his side's rescue yet again, firing home deep into stoppage time to hand United the points and spare their blushes after a disappointing performance.

“I always had the feeling we would win the game, also when they scored I feel we could come again and turn it around," he said (via the club's official website) after the game.

“After the goal of Alex [Telles], everyone feels the atmosphere was unbelievable. The push from the fans was incredible."

On the drama of Ronaldo’s late winner, he added: "We knew it with Cristiano, at any moment, every ball in the box could be a goal.

“As you see, we started to make a little bit more crosses, we started to attack more down the wings and make crosses, put the ball in the box, because we know Edi and Cristiano at any moment with the ball in the box, whether it bounces or goes towards the keeper, they have the feeling.

“They are the strikers who have the feeling for the goal. They feel it and Cristiano did it once again, and he will do it more and more in the current season. He and Edi and Anthony will be really important for us because they will score many, many goals."