Bruno Fernandes admits change in penalty style backfired during Man Utd victory
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Bruno Fernandes has explained his unsuccessful change in penalty style against Newcastle.
The dynamic midfielder had scored all 10 of his spot kicks for Manchester United before the trip to St James’ Park, and congratulated Karl Darlow for his inspired save which kept the game level.
Fernandes went on to grab what would turn out to be the winning goal in the closing stages, which was added to by Aaron-Wan Bissaka and Marcus Rashford after Harry Maguire’s equaliser.
The 26-year-old had a key part to play in United’s fine response to the defeat against Tottenham, but also admitted that his change in penalty technique backfired before vowing to improve.
He said after his side claimed all three points: ”I already change sometimes. Today it doesn't work.
"I need to do what is better for the game, today was not the right choice but doesn't matter, miss the penalty I have to keep improving in the next games."
Fernandes has been known to wait for the goalkeeper to commit to one side of the goal by using a stuttering run-up, but on this occasion he blasted the ball towards the top corner.
The Portugal international then turned his attention to the performance of the team, and backed his captain Maguire after he was sent off for England earlier in the week.
"We played really well today. The game was fantastic for us," he told BBC Sport.
"Newcastle have a really good team, they play well and have good players but I think we deserved the win.
"H [Maguire] is a big man. He is playing for the national team and Manchester United.
"It is of course difficult for every player being under fire but he did what he had to do on the pitch. He scored. We can push him and he can push us."
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Maguire then told Sky Sports: "I wouldn't say we have answered them [the critics]. It's funny, three games into the season and it seems like a big crisis. Won two lost two. There is a long way to go, we have to improve.
"When you play for this club and get beat at home, we ask questions. We work hard in training, it is a great group and we knew we had to bounce back. I felt it would have been really harsh if we came away with just a point. A full deserved win.
"It was important. Every game in the Premier League we want to be on top. Some games we will not be at our best but we have to do the basics well and in the games we lost we didn't do the basics well.”
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