Bruno Fernandez explained why he missed the chance to score a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir, as manager Ole Gunnar Solscazar admitted he was happy to “share the penalty” with his players.
Fernandes started scoring in the Champions League clash in the seventh minute, just before converting from a place close to being able to go 19 minutes.
The Portuguese midfielder was given the opportunity to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot after being bundled inside Mark Rushford’s box by Boli Bollingoli – but initially kept the ball to one side despite the ball being stuck, the England striker was able to cut the host in half.
“Of course every player wants to score a hat-trick but after playing in the Premier League I told ‘Rossi’ that he would take his next one,” Fernandes said after the game.
“I remember that – and because he’s one of the top scorers in the Champions League, I thought it would be important for him to have that confidence there.
He added BT Sport: “But it doesn’t matter who takes the penalty, the most important thing is to score.”
It has been awarded to Manchester United in 755 games since the start of last season, and Ole Gunnar Solskazar has admitted he has no problem sharing players’ responsibilities.
Solscair said: “Bruno is very confident, Marcus is also a very good penalty-taker. If Bruno thinks he wants to give it to Marcus, so be it. Why didn’t Anthony (Marshall) fight a battle against the Arabic Leipzig? . “
Asked if he was ever surprised by the Portuguese’s contribution, Soulscazar said at his press conference: “Not really, no.
“Of course we see him in training every day. We knew what we were going to achieve when we got Bruno in the team. He’s a player who likes to take risks. He likes to create chances, he likes to score goals.
“He’s the winner, he wants to win the team and he wants to make the team better. I think today it proves that he can do more than just take a penalty.”
There is no complacency from Soulsky
Late Dan James 4-1 win – meaning they need one point from the last two for Solskazir
Qualifying matches for the last 16, but next week’s home match against PSG and a trip to Arabic Leipzig are not going ahead of the finance director himself.
“The group is still very open,” the Norwegian said.
“We got not six points, two (PSG and Arabic Leipzig) and three Basaksir, so we still have points to go.
“One should probably be enough and three probably give you the win, so hopefully against PSG we can secure the points we need but that’s another matter.
“Both Edinson (Cavani in his first start) and Donnie (Van de Beck) did really well.
“Of course I thought the whole team played really well. We found our position and the tempo with the ball was pretty good.
“We certainly deserved to win after the first half. Keeping the tempo is always different and more difficult when you win 3-0 in the second half.”
Pogba update, waiting for the two of Soulskazar
Aaron One-Bisca and Victor Lindelof were replaced with problems in a move Solskazia’s hopes are cautious.
“Hopefully, they’ll be ready for the weekend, but we’re not sure. Victor and Aaron had ankle problems so there’s no risk of further swelling.”
Soulsky also gave a brief pre-match update on Paul Pogba, who was absent from the team.
“His ankle is swollen [on Monday] But it didn’t feel right and the confirmation was there [Tuesday] “Morning