Bruno Fernandes might not take Man Utd’s next penalty after he ignored warning

Bruno Fernandes dispatched from the spot with confidence to kick-start Manchester United ’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

The Portuguese playmaker was controversially awarded a spot-kick after he collided with Ezri Konsa just inside the box.

After consultation with VAR, referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot and Fernandes slammed the ball into the bottom left corner, sending Pepe Reina the right way.

He has scored four from four from the spot – but he might not take United’s next penalty.

That’s because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed before the game that he has not installed him as permanent penalty taker, instead leaving it down to the players on the pitch to decide.

And whilst he had the confidence to step up against Villa, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba could get their chance in future games.

Asked about his penalty taker at his press conference ahead of Thursday's game at Aston Villa, Solskjaer said: “It's going to be a job that they will share again. It's who feels very confident, there and then.

“You see Bruno scored against Tottenham. I think Marcus would have taken the next one against Tottenham, when we got the VAR call that it wasn't a penalty, and I'm very confident in both of them.

“So, no worries. They've got to make the decision out there and that's just how we'll leave it.”

Fernandes was criticised after winning the penalty against Aston Villa as many felt he was the one who committed a foul on Konsa.

His dramatic fall bore similarities with the penalty he won against Tottenham which was overturned by VAR before Marcus Rashford could step up.

And after that incident, he was warned to avoid ‘diving’ with former Liverpool star Danny Murphy urging manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to ‘have a word’.

"Bruno Fernandes was the best player on the pitch for Manchester United against Tottenham on Friday," Murphy told the Daily Mail.

"But if you hate diving with a passion like I do, he has to be called out for conning referee Jonathan Moss by leaning into Eric Dier and then falling over.

"From a football point of view, Bruno was terrific again.

"I've eulogised about his quality before and it didn't look as though the break had hampered him at all. You could clearly see how important he's already become to this United team, pulling the strings.

"But no matter how good you are or how well you speak off the pitch, if you make a habit of trying to win penalties and free-kicks, you won't be admired in the same way.

"At Spurs, he deserved a yellow card for his tumble and as a fan of his I don't want to see him start doing that. I'm sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a word with him about it, and he should do.

"It was right VAR overturned the original penalty decision that would have given United the chance of a late winner, but I agree with Jose Mourinho and don't know why action wasn't then taken against Fernandes.

"I'm hoping he will be embarrassed if he looks back. He doesn't need to indulge in diving and gain a reputation for being public enemy No 1. He is talented enough to win matches and make himself a hero without such antics.”

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