Bruno Fernandes Explains Decision to Give Manchester United Penalty to Marcus Rashford

Nov 25, 2020, 6:56 PM GMT+5:30
Bruno Fernandes let Rashford take the penalty against Istanbul Basaksehir | OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

When Manchester United were awarded a penalty in the 33rd minute of their Champions League match against Istanbul Basaksehir, Bruno Fernandes could have stepped up to score his hat-trick goal for the Red Devils.

However, the Portuguese midfielder, who had already scored in the 7th and 19th minute of the match, let Marcus Rashford take the penalty. Rashford converted from the spot to make it 3-0 for United, but Fernandes' decision to give-up the penalty duties to the England international left many baffled.

The midfielder explained his decision after United had completed their 4-1 win over the Turkish opponents who had downed them at Old Trafford earlier this month. "That’s not the point. Of course, every player wants to do a hat-trick. But after the game in the Premier League I told Rashy he would take the next one. So I remembered that, and also because Rashy is one of the top scorers in the Champions League," Fernandes told BT Sport [via Daily Star] when asked if he was feeling charitable.

"I think it will be important for him to keep going there and take that confidence. But as I say, it doesn’t matter who takes the penalties, the most important is scoring. The team scores. When the team scores, I score too," concluded the Portugal international, who put in another match-winning performance for the Red Devils.

Meanwhile, Manchester United now have nine points from four games in their Champions League group, and they need just one more point to progress to the round-of-16.