Bruno Fernandes has apologised to Manchester United supporters for his costly penalty miss against Aston Villa in a lengthy post on social media.
United slumped to their first defeat of the season at home to Villa on Saturday, with Kortney Hause's 88th-minute strike handing Dean Smith's men a shock 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.
The hosts did have a chance to salvage a point when Hause went from hero to zero by giving away a penalty in stoppage time for a handball inside the box.
However, Fernandes squandered that opportunity from 12 yards, sending his spot-kick flying over the bar.
Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez appeared to get in his head before the penalty, having been spotted teasing the Portugal midfielder that Cristiano Ronaldo should have been the one taking it.
And after fluffing the chance to rescue a draw on Saturday, Fernandes has written an essay apology to the United faithful on social media.
“Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat,” he posted on Twitter.
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“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this. Today, I failed. But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.
“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.
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“Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.
“The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my team-mates and the club to be the best we can be.
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“I’m a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I’ll continue to do.
“Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional… I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my team-mates and our fans who have always supported us.”
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