Manchester United were shocked 1-0 by Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fell behind in the 88th minute through Kortney Hause.

They were given a golden opportunity to level the scores when they were awarded a penalty in stoppage-time.

Bruno Fernandes, who is usually so reliable from the spot, stepped up.

But he got his effort horribly wrong as the ball spooned well over the bar and into the Old Trafford crowd.

Fernandes cost United a point and he sent an emotional statement on Instagram following his miss.

“Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat,” he wrote.

“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this.

“Today, I failed. But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.


“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.

“Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.

“The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.

“I’m a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I’ll continue to do.

“Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional…

“I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us.”

You can see how much it means to Fernandes.

Saturday may be the last time he takes a penalty in a red shirt for a while, as Solskjaer could give the responsibility going forward to Cristiano Ronaldo.


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