Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has vowed to come back stronger and keep taking penalties. He missed a penalty in stoppage time of the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Kortney Hause scored from a corner against the run of play to give the visitors the lead. He then handed the ball in the penalty area to give United the chance to snatch a draw. Despite Cristiano Ronaldo present on the pitch, Fernandes stepped up but only managed to blaze his penalty over the bar. It was only the second time that Fernandes had missed a penalty for United from his 23 attempts.
“Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat,” Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes posted 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,” he added. “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. Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional.”