Bruno explains Rashford penalty offer

Saturday 09 March 2024 17:04

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes has carefully outlined why he offered the penalty responsibilities to Marcus Rashford for our second goal against Everton.

Our no.8 took on spot-kick duties himself to open the scoring against the Toffees, sending Jordan Pickford the wrong way after Alejandro Garnacho had been fouled by James Tarkowski.

But some 24 minutes later, the Reds were awarded another penalty, with Garnacho again fouled inside the area, this time by Ben Godfrey.

Rashford, this time, was handed the  chance to net and took care of matters, duly converting after a candid offer from Bruno, which he later explained to MUTV's Liam Bradford.
Fernandes: What I said to Marcus Video

Fernandes: What I said to Marcus

Bruno Fernandes reveals the conversation he and Marcus Rashford had before the second penalty against Everton...

"Obviously, as I said many times, we have more than one penalty-taker and we have a list in the dressing room," said our no.8.

"Marcus [Rashford] is the second name as a penalty taker and I am more than confident whenever Marcus steps up to take a penalty,

"I am more than confident that he can have the same effect as me. I did score the first one but I felt that with the second one, we should have changed because it then moves the mind a little bit of the goalkeeper.
"He has to move differently, he has to adapt to a different kind of penalty-taker, so I think it was the best decision for the team in order to help us get another goal.

"It was not because I wasn't confident I would score, because I was, but because I spoke to Marcus and asked him if he wanted to take it.

"He said: 'I would be happy to take one', so I said 'go ahead'."

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Bruno leads the way when it comes to scoring from the spot for the Reds.

Speaking during his post-match media interviews, Erik was also happy to admit United possess plenty of options from 12 yards, apart from Bruno and Rashford.

With the Reds still involved in the Emirates FA Cup, who knows who could be called upon should penalties be required before the end of the season?

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“They [Fernandes and Rashford] decided on the pitch, we have more very good penalty-takers in our squad,” explained the boss.

"Bruno is one, Rashy is one, Casemiro is one, Christian Eriksen is one. So we have more. Also, even others.

"That’s very good when you have that in your squad and when you get, at such notice, two different penalty-takers, it’s more difficult for the opposition goalkeeper.”