Man Utd fans demand Cristiano Ronaldo takes penalties after Bruno Fernandes blunder

Manchester United fans have demanded Cristiano Ronaldo takes penalties in future after Bruno Fernandes missed a crucial spot-kick against Aston Villa.

United fell behind to Villa late on when defender Kortney Hause scored, but they had a chance to rescue a point when the goalscorer handled in his own box.

Mike Dean awarded a penalty to the Red Devils in stoppage time, the first spot-kick they’ve been given since Ronaldo’s return to the club.

His compatriot Fernandes, who was reliable from the spot last season, stepped up to take it but he skied it high and wide with a terrible miss.

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United reacts after missing a penalty during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Aston Villa
Bruno Fernandes took the penalty instead of Cristiano Ronaldo and skied it

United fans were quick to demand a change in the pecking order and questioned why the five-time Ballon d’Or winner wasn’t given the honour.

One tweeted: “Why didn’t Cristiano Ronaldo take the penalty? The best taker under the highest pressure moments.”

Another commented: “Cristiano Ronaldo has scored so many clutch penalties in his career. No disrespect to Bruno but Cristiano Ronaldo should be the first penalty taker in the team. Embarrassing management by Ole.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Aston Villa
United fans have now called for Ronaldo to be the first-choice penalty taker

“Bruno please no more penalties for you step aside Ronaldo can control pressure even in last minute give it to him,” one fan pleaded.

Gary Lineker gave his spin on the incident: “Think it’s safe to say that Cristiano will now be on penalties as Bruno hits one that’s yet to re enter the Earth’s atmosphere.”

Fernandes’ miss and the subsequent defeat was United’s first loss in the Premier League this season and leaves them fourth in the table, though they could slip down to sixth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United walks out ahead of the second half of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on September 25, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now face a tricky decision about what to do over who takes penalties

It was a disappointing day for the red side of Manchester as they lost their unbeaten league record, contrasted with a dream win for Villa and Dean Smith.

It’s the first time in 12 years they’ve won at Old Trafford and has pushed them up into the top half of the table.

Smith had come under pressure after a lacklustre start to the season but this victory will go a long way to ease any concern he might be sacked.

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