Bruno Fernandes’ body was believed to be ‘taken hold of by ghost’ during Manchester United’s crucial penalty against Aston Villa, a theory has claimed.
Kortney Hause put Villa ahead with minutes to go at Old Trafford, before the hero almost turned villain when he handled in the penalty area and gifted United with a golden chance to rescue the game.
Some fans probably expected to Cristiano Ronaldo to step up to the mark, but they were surprised to find out that Fernandes had been entrusted with the responsibility by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Fernandes stepped up and blazed his effort high over the crossbar, much to the delight of the Villa faithful.
But now the Portuguese newspaper Record (via Sport Witness) has claimed Fernandes missed his penalty because of the ‘ghost that took hold of him’.
“Emiliano Martínez ‘distracted’ Bruno, and Bruno – or the ghost that took hold of him – shot wildly into the clouds. The entire fault belongs to Solskjaer. Because he failed when he couldn’t,” their Monday report reads.
The outlet don’t hesitate to point the blame at Solskjaer, before arguing that Ronaldo should have been given the chance to equalise from the spot in the dying minutes of the game.
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However, despite all the criticism of Solskjaer, it should be noted that Fernandes missed just one of the 14 penalties he took last season, while Ronaldo missed three of 15.
But it seems the pressure of consistently performing at a high level with Ronaldo at United could be getting to Fernandes – who is no longer the shining light at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer himself revealed his decision to chose Fernandes to take the penalty was decided before the match, while also expressing his distaste for the way Villa’s players crowded round the Portuguese midfielder before the kick was taken.
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“First of all the way they get round the penalty spot, get round Bruno and that, that’s not to my liking,” said Solskjaer.
“Bruno is usually very good in those positions and unfortunately he missed this one.
“It doesn't get in Bruno's head. He's strong mentally and he'll step forward again. The decision (on who takes penalties) is made before the game."
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