BRUNO Fernandes has hit back at the critics who say he is too reliant on penalties to score goals.

Manchester United playmaker Fernandes has proved himself a spot-kick king, missing just two of 30 penalties in his entire career.

The midfielder, who joined United from Sporting Lisbon in January for a fee rising to £67.4million, has taken over spot-kick duties for the Reds.

Eight of his 12 United goals have come from the penalty spot, which has led to criticism he is too reliant on scoring from 12 yards out to boost his goal tally.

But Fernandes, 26, said his remarkable conversion rate showed just how skilled he is at dispatching them and how clinical he is from the penalty spot.


“We can’t talk a lot about penalties because everybody will say ‘Bruno only scores with penalties’,” said Fernandes.

“If the others score them, it’s no problem! They just score a penalty, you know.

“But penalties are part of the game, you know. You need to score. You have the chance, but you need to score.

“I know everyone is talking about them like it’s easy, but you can lose a final with a penalty.

“Manchester United won the Champions League in Moscow with penalties in 2008).

“For most people, it’s easy when you’re in front of the TV.

“It’s easy – ‘just look at the goalkeeper jump to his left so why don’t you shoot to the right?’

“Yeah, I can shoot to the right but, in my mind, it was the left and the goalkeeper saved it. It can happen!

“But the most important thing, for me, is to keep scoring.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is certain to keep Fernandes on spot-kick duties, given his 100 per cent record for the Reds.

But Fernandes said he would be happy to step aside and let a team-mate – in particular Marcus Rashford – take a spot-kick if they felt confident of scoring.

“It doesn’t matter if I take penalties,” said Fernandes. “We have a lot of qualities in the team, like I’ve said before. I already talked with some players.

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“Rashy was the guy who took the penalties, so I tell him, ‘when you feel confident, if you want to take the penalty, for me, it is not a problem.’ I will not fight.

“I feel confident with penalties and I want to take them but, if someone comes to me to ask to take a penalty, I will not fight every time, just to take a penalty.

“In that moment, I can be tired or not prepared to take a penalty and I can say easily ‘you take it’.

“The most important thing is scoring for Manchester United. It doesn’t matter if it’s Bruno or someone else.”