Marcus Rashford ALWAYS planned to take Manchester United’s next penalty kick, Bruno Fernandes reveals after midfielder selflessly passed a hat-trick to maintain the forward’s ‘confidence’
Marcus Rashford would always take Manchester United’s next penalty kick, according to Bruno Fernandes.
The United midfield star could have sealed a hat-trick when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side received a penalty kick in the 35th minute of their 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
Instead, striker Rashford stepped up from 12 meters and Fernandes revealed after the game that that was always the plan.
Forward Marcus Rashford would always take Manchester United’s next penalty kick
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes (C) picks up the ball and gives it to Rashford (unseen) in the first half
“Of course every player wants to score a hat-trick, you know?” Fernandes told BT Sport.
‘But after the game (against West Brom) in the Premier League, I told Rashy that he will take the next game. I remembered that.
Rashy is also one of the top scorers in the Champions League, so I think it will be important for him to go there and take that trust.
Fernandes celebrates with Rashford after the striker scored United’s third goal in a 4-1 victory
‘Like I said, it doesn’t matter who gets the penalties, the most important (thing) is to score. If the team scores, I score too. ‘
Fernandes led United 2-0 within the first 20 minutes and Rashford added third place from the spot before half time. Deniz Turuc withdrew a goal for the visitors, but Daniel James finished a comfortable victory in injury time.
The win put United three points clear at the top of Champions League Group H with two games to go.
Fernandes could have sealed a hat-trick from the spot after two goals in the first 20 minutes