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How many penalties has Bruno Fernandes scored for Man Utd?

The Portuguese midfielder has been a revelation since joining the Red Devils, but has been helped with more than a few opportunities from the penalty spot

10:08pm on Thursday 29th April 2021
Martin Macdonald

Bruno Fernandes may only have been at Manchester United 15 months but he has gone down in history as one of their most prolific players ever from the penalty spot.

On Thursday, in a Europa League semi-final with Roma, Fernandes converted his 20th penalty for the club. Remarkably, only Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney, who spent five and 13 years at Old Trafford respectively, have ever converted more.

There was more than a hint of controversy about the award, too, with Edinson Cavani adjudged to have been challenged late.

Nevertheless, Fernandes showed his characteristic cool head in front of goal to covert from 12 yards, helping his side to a comprehensive 6-2 win over the Italian outfit and setting them up to reach the final. Earlier, he had opened the scoring with a deft finish after some fine interplay with Edinson Cavani.

Fernandes is now up to 36 goals in total for Man Utd, but more than half of these have been scored from the penalty spot.

It is a skill he excels in, though fans of rival clubs would doubtless suggest he gets plenty of practise. Indeed, he has only missed once for Man Utd, while he also saw a penalty stopped in a Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain only for a retake to be given.

Indeed, he has never gone more than 32 days without taking a penalty in a competitive match for Man Utd during the season.

His statistics, then, have been significantly padded out with penalties.

Bruno: Penalties taken for Man Utd

GranadaEuropa League2-0YES
Man CityPremier League1-0YES
NewcastlePremier League3-1YES
SouthamptonPremier League9-0YES
Aston VillaPremier League2-1YES
LeedsPremier League6-2YES
RB LeipzigChampions League2-3YES
West BromPremier League1-0YES
PSGChampions League2-1YES
NewcastlePremier League4-1NO
TottenhamPremier League1-6YES
BrightonPremier League3-2YES
SevillaEuropa League1-2YES
CopenhagenEuropa League1-0YES
LeicesterPremier League2-0YES
ChelseaFA Cup1-3YES
Aston VillaPremier League3-0YES
TottenhamPremier League1-1YES
Club BruggeEurope League5-0YES
WatfordPremier League3-0YES
RomaEuropa League6-2YES

Which team has had the most penalties in Europe this season? You can see our full table and where Man Utd rank in it here.

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