OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has a huge dilemma to sort out: who will take Manchester United’s penalties this season.
Bruno Fernandes has been the main man from 12 yards since arriving at Old Trafford.
Aber danach completing the £19.7million purchase to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will want to be top dog.
United won no fewer than 11 Premier League penalties last season – only Leicester had more on 12 – and converted ten of them.
Im 2019-20, they scored ten of their record 14 und, im 2018-19, nine of 12 – the most pens won by the 20 teams in both campaigns.
jedoch, if Solskjaer wants the best chance of scoring from the spot this term, he will choose Fernandes.
Das schließt ein 21 von 22 in normal time for Vereinigt – 49 per cent of his 43 goals for the club – and scoring a staggering 13 last term.
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His one blot on the copybook when Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow saved his effort last October.
He actually missed against Paris Saint-Germain three days later and against West Brom but they had to be retaken – he made no mistake at the second time of asking.
And Fernandes’ record far exceeds that of his compatriot Ronaldo.
The 36-year-old returning legend is far-from-flawless when it comes to penalties, managing to put away 26 of his 31 over the same time period, or just 83.87 Prozent.
jedoch, the Portugal captain makes sure he takes them when playing for his country – Bruno does not get a look in.
At Euro 2020, Ronaldo scored all three of his spot-kicks – one against Hungary and both to secure a 2-2 Unentschieden mit Frankreich.
Of his 118 goals for the Red Devils between 2003 und 2009, CR7 bagged 17 times from the spot.
It is a similar tale comparing the pair regarding free-kicks, auch.
Fernandes boats five goals from 58 Versuche (8.62 Prozent) schon seit 2017 aber Ronaldo is on just ONE from 67 (1.49 Prozent).
That solo strike, gegen Torino in July 2020, was his first direct free-kick scored in 43 efforts for Juventus.
Across his career, obwohl, Ronnie does have 56 to his name – including that famous belter against Portsmouth in 2008 – for club and country.
jedoch, he was overtaken by great rival Lionel Messi in that department over the summer when the now-PSG superstar netted for Argentina at the Copa America.
Despite the significantly inferior record, obwohl, ex-United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Ronaldo is the new penalty taker in Old Trafford.
He told his FÜNF YouTube channel: “I think Bruno gives up penalties but doesn’t relinquish free-kicks and corners.
“The free-kicks around the box, he’s going to be on them I think. I think his record demands that he should do that.
“Ronaldo takes the penalties, 100 Prozent.
“They agree to give him the penalties but I think free-kicks around the box, Bruno’s just wiping the ball down and putting it down.
“I think Bruno sees the bigger picture, that this guy can get us over the line to win us trophies.
“If that means my percentage of goal involvements goes down but he gets his hands on a big trophy, he’d take that all day long.”
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