Ole Gunnar Solskjaer making Man Utd penalty decision on game by game basis

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has confirmed he was on penalty duty in the side’s 2-1 Champions League win over Villarreal on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils came back from a goal down courtesy of a sublime Alex Telles volley, assisted by Fernandes, and then a roof-raising last gasp winner by Cristiano Ronaldo.

But the Portuguese playmaker has revealed he would have taken a penalty if the side had been awarded one against the Spanish club on the night.

That was despite Fernandes blasting a last minute spot-kick over the bar during the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa only days before.

Speaking to BT Sport’s Jules Breach, Fernandes said: "I was on penalties tonight but we didn't get one. The manager will decide before the game who takes the game."

Fernandes’ miss against Villa was the first time the former Sporting CP midfielder had failed to hit the target from a penalty in his career.

It came after some fabulous mind games from Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez, who had urged Cristiano Ronaldo to take it in an attempt to get into the forward’s head.

But it was Ronaldo’s 27-year-old teammate who ended up missing and taking to social media to deliver a lengthy, somewhat over-the-top apology.

Do you think Bruno Fernandes will take more penalties than Ronaldo this season? Let us know in the comments section.

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Ronaldo was expected to take the reins following the miss but it appears manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be selecting penalty takers on a game-by-game basis going forward.

Fernandes has a better success rate than his teammate, scoring 42 of his 46 taken (91% success rate) while Ronaldo has scored a whopping 139 from a total of 167 penalties, giving him a success rate of 83%.

It remains to be seen which of the Portugal stars will step-up for the spot-kick if they earn one against Everton on Saturday.

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