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Ole Has No Issues With Fernandes' Quirky Jumpy Spotkicks

Ole Has No Issues With Fernandes' Quirky Jumpy Spotkicks Photo: TT
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes scores their first goal from the penalty spot

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no concerns about Bruno Fernandes’ quirky penalty routine as his extra-time spotkick earned the Red Devils a spot in the Europa League semi-finals.

Fernandes netted a 95th minute penalty to help Manchester United get past Danish outfit FC Copenhagen 1-0 after a nervy 90 minutes where the Red Devils came close on numerous occasions.

The goal was the Portuguese’s 11th for United since his January arrival and another from the spot where he jumpy stop-start routine has caught the eye.

Copenhagen keeper Karl Johan Johnsson guessed the right way from Fernandes’ penalty but couldn’t prevent it from going in.

“He knows that keepers will wait for him to do the jump,” Solskjaer said.

“He practises both of them and he practises both sides. He’s got them sorted better that I did.”

United had a first-half Mason Greenwood goal disallowed by the video assistant referee, while Johnsson denied them on numerous occasions.

“I’m delighted that were through but think we deserved to win tonight,” Solskjaer said.

“Their keeper was fantastic - actually, unbelievable - but we hit the post a couple of times and there were a few VAR decisions against us.

“It could have been one of those nights that you end up with a penalty shoot-out because they created opportunities, maybe not shots on target because Sergio didn’t have to make a save I don’t think.

“We had to block, we had to defend well. They made it hard for us. We needed it and thankfully we’ve got six days until the next one and that one day extra will help us.”

United will play either Wolverhampton or Sevilla in the semi-finals on Sunday in Cologne.

Ben somerford
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