Bruno Fernandes explains why Cristiano Ronaldo took the penalty vs Arsenal

Bruno Fernandes explains why Cristiano Ronaldo took the penalty vs Arsenal

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted that he felt it was the right time for Cristiano Ronaldo starts playing penalties for United.

Man United resigned Ronaldo from Juventus in the summer and the Portuguese star has made no delay to settle at Old Trafford.

Before his arrival, Fernandes was Manchester United’s designated penalty taker. Even before the resigning of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Fernandes was still on duty.

United’s last penalty was against Aston Villa and the former Sporting Lisbon star missed from the spot, which could have been a late equaliser against the Villans.

Manchester United were awarded a late penalty against Arsenal after Odegaard fouled Fred inside the penalty box.

Fernandes didn’t stand in Cristiano Ronaldo’s way as the 36-year-old scored his second goal of the night against the Gunners from the spot.

Bruno Fernandes explains why Cristiano Ronaldo played the penalty vs Arsenal

After the match, the 27-year-old midfielder explains the decision of letting Ronaldo play the penalty, stating that he trusts Ronaldo just as he trusts himself.

“I missed the last one so I trust him in the same way I trust myself,” Fernandes told BBC.

“It was time for Cristiano to take the penalty because I took the last one and missed it. It doesn’t matter who gets on the penalty.”

Bruno Fernandes scored Manchester United’s equaliser against Arsenal just before the first half whistle.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Man United in front from a close-range early in the second half. Late in the game, Ronaldo restored United’s lead from the penalty spot.