Bruno Fernandes explained that he gave Marcus Rashford the penalty that would have allowed him get a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 4-1 over Istanbul Basaksehir because he made him that promise.
This is just as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was happy for his players to “share the penalties around”.
Fernandes had opened the scoring in the Champions League clash with a stunner in the seventh minute, before converting from close range with just 19 minutes gone.
The Portugal midfielder was then handed the opportunity to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Marcus Rashford was bundled over inside the box by Boli Bolingoli – but despite initially clutching the ball, stepped aside, allowing the England striker to cap an emphatic half from the hosts.
“Of course every player wants to do a hat-trick but after the game in the Premier League, I told ‘Rashy’ the next one he would take,” Fernandes said after the game.
“I remembered that – and also because he’s one of the top scorers in the Champions League, I thought it would be important for him there to take that confidence.
He added to BT Sport: “But it doesn’t matter who takes the penalties, the most important is scoring.”
It was the 30th penalty Manchester United have been awarded in 75 games since the start of last season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had no issues with his players sharing the responsibility.