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Rio Ferdinand pinpoints change Bruno Fernandes made for Man United penalty

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Rio Ferdinand noticed how Bruno Fernandes went back to basics for his last-gasp penalty kick against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Manchester United beat the Seagulls 3-2 in dramatic circumstances as they were awarded a penalty after the referee had actually blown the final whistle, with a Neal Maupay handball spotted by VAR.

Fernandes stepped up to dispatch the spot-kick in the 100th minute of the game and give United victory.

Speaking post-match on BT Sport, Ferdinand praised Fernandes’ approach to the penalty, revealing how important it is to stay calm and collected in the pressure situations like that.

He said: ” This man is ice-cold in these situations.

“His run-up, he’s changed it a little bit there – that hop-skip-and-jump kind of thing he usually does wasn’t there.

“The pressure was on and he calmed himself down and went back to basics.”

He added: “In the end it was the right decision but what I prefer now from last season is that the referee gets the chance to take ownership of that decision.

“He gets the chance to walk over to the actual screen, have a look at it himself, he’s not leaving the responsibility to someone we can’t see. The players know he’s made the decision.”

Fellow pundit Joe Cole also praised Fernandes for his cool reaction when the penalty was awarded and players surrounded the referee.

He said: “We had a great view of it from here. When the melee was going on, he was the coolest man, Bruno.”

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