Bruno Fernandes opens up on penalty technique after being accused of copying Chelsea’s Jorginho

Bruno Fernandes has explained his penalty technique, after scoring from the spot in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Watford.

The Portugal midfielder netted his first goal for the club since joining from Sporting in January, but the manner of his run-up raised a few eyebrows.

Just before half-time Fernandes won the penalty after being fouled by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Picking himself up, the 25-year-old walked up the ball and performed a stutter and a skip, before side-footing the ball into the net with Foster already committed in the opposite direction.

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The style was reminiscent of how Chelsea’s Jorginho takes his penalties, and prompted some fans to compare the similarity.

Speaking after the game, the midfielder opened up on his run-up and hinted that fans can expect to see more of it in the future.

“It’s the way I shoot a penalty, it’s where I feel confident,” he told BBC Sport.

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“I do not shoot just that way but it felt the best way today.”

“This is the day every player wants to have. I feel lucky to score, I feel lucky to win the game.

“We all gave our best, and we all deserved the win. I just need to help the team, it’s what I want to do, it’s what I need to do. I hope Martial scores more goals too like he did tonight.”

The win moves United up to fifth in the Premier League and Fernandes insisted that the ultimate goal is to qualify for the Champions League.

He added: “This is what I want to do and what I need to do.

“Everyone knows we want to get into the Champions League places. I am here to help the team conquer this place and keep winning games.”


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