Bruno Fernandes says he had already promised to let Marcus Rashford take Manchester United’s next penalty kick after he handed over spot-kick duties in the Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir.
United put themselves on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages of the European competition with a 4-1 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Portuguese midfielder Fernandes scored twice to give United an early lead and looked sure to complete his hat-trick when United were awarded a first-half penalty for a foul on Rashford.
Fernandes picked up the ball after the penalty was initially awarded but handed it over to Rashford after it had been reviewed by VAR.
Rashford made no mistake as he lashed the ball into the bottom right corner to send the goalkeeper the wrong way, extending United’s lead at the expense of Fernandes’ own scoring record.
However, speaking after the match the 26-year-old explained why he let Rashford take the penalty instead of him.
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“Of course every player wants a hat-trick,” Fernandes told BT Sport. “But after the game in the Premier League I told Rashford that he could take the next one so I remembered that and also he’s one of the top scorers in the Champions League so it’s important for him to get the confidence. It doesn’t matter who takes the penalty as long as the team scores.
“We’re in a good position but can’t relax – we have to think of the Premier League now and win the next game on Sunday and after that we don’t have much time but we have some time to think of the next Champions League game.”