Man United’s Bruno Fernandes explains why he handed penalty to Rashford vs Basaksehir

Man United’s Bruno Fernandes explains why he handed penalty to Rashford vs Basaksehir

Man United hammer Basaksehir

Manchester United played host to Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday evening.

The previous meeting between the two sides saw United fall to something of a shock defeat.

At Old Trafford, though, there would be no such surprise, with the Manchester powerhouse having dominated from the off.

Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring with seven minutes gone, before adding his second 19 minutes in.

Marcus Rashford then put the result beyond doubt after 35 minutes, converting a penalty.

The Turkish outfit did manage to pull one back with 15 minutes remaining. This, in the end, though, proved little more than a consolation, as Daniel James made it 4-1 in second-half injury-time.

With PSG having downed RB Leipzig in Group H’s other tie on Tuesday, United now sit three points clear in top spot with two games to play.

Man United’s Bruno Fernandes explains why he handed penalty to Rashford vs Basaksehir

Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves after the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park in south London on July 16, 2020. – Manchester United won the game 2-0. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)

Why Fernandes handed spot-kick to Rashford

As you have no doubt gathered by now, Bruno Fernandes proved one of, if not the standout star for Man United on Tuesday.

It is also worth noting, though, that Fernandes, who probably deserved it, could have capped off his excellent display with a hat-trick by stepping up to take a first-half penalty.

However, the Portuguese instead opted to hand the opportunity to Marcus Rashford, with Fernandes having since provided an explanation for his decision:

“Of course every player wants a hat-trick

“But after the game in the Premier League I told Rashford that he could take the next one so I remembered that and also he’s one of the top scorers in the Champions League so it’s important for him to get the confidence.

“It doesn’t matter who takes the penalty as long as the team scores.”

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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