Bruno Fernandes's Classy Reason on Why He Let Marcus Rashford Take Penalty vs Everton

Bruno Fernandes's Classy Reason on Why He Let Marcus Rashford Take Penalty vs Everton

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Bruno Fernandes has been hailed for being the perfect captain
  • The Portuguese star allowed Marcus Rashford to take a penalty against Everton
  • Rashford’s last goal prior to the penalty was in September

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes earned plaudits on social media for his gesture towards his struggling teammate Marcus Rashford on Sunday, November 26.

United emerged as 3-0 winners over The Toffees, who were death a brutal blow during the international break with a points deduction for breaching FFP rules.

The visitors went ahead in stunning fashion after just three minutes as Alejandro Garnacho scored one of the goals of the season with a superb bicycle kick from a Diogo Dalot cross.

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Marcus Rashford scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester United. Photo by Matthew Peters
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Garnacho's goal was United's main highlight in the first half as they struggled to create clear cut chances. For Everton their main threat was Dominic Calvert Lewin, who drew some smart saves from Onana.

Fernandes' favor to Rashford

As reported by BBC, United got the chance to go 2-0 up from the penalty as former Red Devil Ashley Young was adjudged to have tripped Anthony Martial in the box.

Many expected Bruno Fernandes to step up and bury the chance, but the Portugal international instead gave the spot kick to Marcus Rashford, who fired past Jordan Pickford for only his second goal of the season.

Rashford has been a hot topic among critics in recent months due to his worrying form, particularly in the Premier League.

For this reason, social media users hailed Fernandes for giving up the chance to score for the sake of a teammate.

Speaking after the game, Fernandes told Sky Sports he felt Rashford needed the goal more for his confidence.

"I felt Marcus needed a little bit of confidence," he said.
"He needs his goal. Marcus is an excellent penalty taker too, I was 100% sure he could score that penalty. It's not about who takes it, it's about scoring the penalty and Marcus did it perfectly."

Anthony Martial added a third late on, finishing a sleek move from Erik ten Hag's side.

The United boss had to watch the game from the stands as he was serving a touchline ban. He however gave youngster Kobbie Mainoo a chance in the lineup on Sunday, and the 18-year-old had a considerable contribution to the game as he produced a crucial clearance off the line to deny Dwight McNeil.

United will now turn their attention to the Champions League, where they hope to pull a group stage miracle, starting with an away game against Galatasaray.

Arsenal told they won’t win the Premier League

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Manchester City icon Richard Dunne’s reasons why Arsenal will not win the Premier League.

The Gunners have not tasted Premier League glory for close to two decades now, with their last triumph coming back in 2004 under Arsene Wenger.

Only a point is separating Arsenal at the top and second-placed Manchester City, who are keen to defend the trophy for the fourth consecutive season.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and