Bruno Fernandes said nobody is 'more frustrated and disappointed' than him in an emotional message to fans after he skied an injury-time penalty over crossbar in Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in Premier League.
The Red Devils, who had gone behind to Kortney Hause's 88th minute goal, were handed a golden opportunity to restore parity in the injury time when referee Mike Dean awarded them a penalty after Hause handled the ball inside the box.
Fernandes stepped up to take the spot-kick, but could not convert, blasting it over the crossbar. It was a poor kick from the Portuguese international, and in a message posted on Instagram, he took responsibility for the miss, and has vowed to 'come back stronger'.
"Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat," Fernandes wrote on Instagram.
"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 and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.
"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.
"The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.
"I'm a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I'll continue to do.
"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."