Bruno Fernandes Congratulates Newcastle's Karl Darlow on Penalty Save

Oct 18, 2020, 11:15 AM GMT+1
Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes missed his first penalty in English football | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has congratulated Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow on becoming the first goalkeeper in England to save one of his penalties.

Fernandes entered Saturday's 4-1 win with a perfect record of ten-for-ten, with his jumping technique seemingly proving too much for his opponents. However, he opted against the skip and instead opted for a traditional run-up, and Darlow managed to keep it out.

Bruno Fernandes
It was the first miss in 11 attempts | Stu Forster/Getty Images

Speaking to BBC's Match of the Day (via Goal), Fernandes insisted that him changing his technique is not as rare as some have suggested, but it simply didn't work out against Newcastle.

"I want to put the ball more in the corner but it was not good enough," he said. "Congratulations to him on being the first to save a penalty in the Premier League from me. That's 11 taken and one missed. Now people can say I can miss a penalty.

"I need to do what is better for the game, today was not the right choice but it doesn't matter. I missed the penalty and I have to keep improving in the next games." 

Bruno Fernandes
He did get on the score sheet later | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Fernandes also took the time to poke a bit of fun at team-mate Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who bagged his first goal for the club on what was his 50th appearance for the Red Devils.

"[We were so happy] because we didn’t know he can shoot!" the midfielder told MUTV. "So it’s difficult for us believing he can score because we never see him shooting.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Wan-Bissaka opened his account for United | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

"We were talking about it now in the dressing room and asking him because we all were thinking he wanted to cross and he makes a bad ball and scores. But I’m happy for him, he deserved the goal and we always ask this from him. Be more positive, be more in the box, try and improve because he has such good qualities.

"Everyone knows about him being a defensive player and everything but he needs to show that he’s more than a defensive player and I think he has the qualities to show that."

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