Bruno Fernandes writes an essay to apologize to Manchester United fans for missing the penalty, after Emiliano Martinez challenged Cristiano Ronaldo to take a kick and then happily danced
Bruno Fernandes wrote an essay apology to Manchester United fans for his missed penalty against Aston Villa.
Villa keeper Emi Martinez dared to fire hero Cristiano Ronaldo to face him from the penalty spot, but it was his compatriot Portuguese who took the kick in stoppage time – and took it away. projected above the bar.
The midfielder’s failure – rare for a player with such a good record on the spot – doomed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a 1-0 defeat.
Kortney Hause’s 88th-minute header gave the visitors all three points at Old Trafford as the Villa defender was spared by Fernandes’ foul – as he was the scorer who conceded the penalty with a hand in the surface.
And Fernandes took to social media after the game to apologize to his club and fans, with a lengthy statement of apology.
âNo one is more frustrated and disappointed than I am for missing the penalty and the resulting loss,â Fernandes said on Twitter.
âI have always lived up to my responsibilities and have always embraced them under pressure at times like this. Today I failed. But I took a step forward and took on the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when on many other occasions the ball found its way into the net.
âCritics and contrasting opinions are an integral part of football. I’ve learned to live with them, even use them to motivate myself, and I consider all of this a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve myself and become the best player I can be. , for me and for the team.
“Today I have taken over the responsibility that has been entrusted to me almost since I joined United and I will take it back without any fear or fear whenever I am invited.
âThe most important thing for me is to win together and I will always do my best to help my teammates and the club be the best they can be.
âI am a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with a lot of desire and commitment. And that’s what I will continue to do.
âThank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you sing my name in the stadium was very movingâ¦ I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold, but especially for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us.
It was only the second time in 23 attempts for United in all competitions that Fernandes was missing on the spot.
And yet, why it was the Portuguese midfielder and not the icon Ronaldo who took him, is about to be debated.
Ronaldo has scored 139 penalties during his incredible career, while missing 28, but it’s a surprise that he hasn’t taken control of duties after returning to Old Trafford.
The Villa keeper Martinez, meanwhile, was the calmest man in the stadium as he seized United’s last chance to score a head-on point.
The Argentine, who signed with Arsenal in 2020, is in such good shape that he even wanted to face 36-year-old superstar Ronaldo in a one-on-one battle – pointing the Portuguese and urging him to grab the ball.
And Martinez then left the dance to celebrate in front of home fans, after he wasn’t even troubled by Fernandes’ subsequent terrible attempt.
A swing of his hips and shoulders as he stood victorious at his post was all you needed to see to know that he is a man of supreme trust right now.
But United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t like some of Martinez and his teammates’ antics ahead of the penalty.
He told Sky Sports: “The way they go around the penalty spot, around Bruno and stuff, it’s not to my liking, but I understand it, but it shouldn’t be like that.”
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Martinez wants to face one of the greatest the game has ever seen.
He also saved three penalties for his country in their Copa America semi-final against Colombia.
Martinez denied Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina and Edwin Cardona, while chatting with his opponents.
“Hey! The ball is in front (from the penalty spot),” he told Everton ace Mina before superbly saving his kick.
“Yeah Yeah. Close your eyes. I already know you.
“Hey look. See how I know where you’re going to shoot. And then I’ll save him
âI devour you, brother. I devour you, brother.
The Villa ace even earned praise from Lionel Messi as his compatriot said: “It was difficult at times,” he said. âBut we have Emi and he’s phenomenal. We trusted him.
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