Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes taunts Kasper Schmeichel over Leicester penalty antics
Bruno Fernandes has claimed he knew Kasper Schmeichel was “afraid” as he kept the ball close to him before the crucial spot-kick converted by the Manchester United midfielder. The Red Devils were living dangerously with the scoreline at 0-0 as the Foxes pressed for a winner.
But then Anthony Martial was brought down by former United defender Jonny Evans.
It was a record-breaking 14th penalty for United in the Premier League this season, the most ever won in a single campaign.
Fernandes was forced to collect the ball from the six yard box by Schmeichel but he kept his cool to send the Dane the wrong way.
The Portuguese international has made a real knack of stuttering from 12 yards, before calmly slotting the ball home.
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He had nerves of steel to keep his cool under the pressure and after the game he taunted Schmeichel, who will now be playing Europa League football next season with Leicester.
“I like the pressure and I like when the keeper leaves the ball close to him to give some pressure. I know he’s afraid,” Fernandes told ManUtd.com.
“He gave me that little bit of confidence I need. Of course, they try to do these mind games but for me, it’s better when they do.”
Jesse Lingard was then gifted a second in injury time as he robbed Schmeichel of possesion as he tried to dribble around the United substitute.
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“I’m happy – all goals are important in different ways,” Fernandes added.
“It was important today for us and for me to score this goal because it gave us a chance to be more calm in the game.
“Of course Leicester tried to attack because they needed to score twice but we defended well and in the last minute we never stopped fighting.”
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United finished the season in third place behind rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. Chelsea will also join United in the Champions League next season after beating Wolves 2-0.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted that he has secured the return of Europe’s elite club competition ahead of next season.
“To end up third is fantastic. They’ve taken on board so many things,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve had ups and downs and it’s come down to the last game. I have to say it’s a wonderful achievement from everyone. The staff, they are incredible.
“I did have a chat with everyone this morning on no matter what happened today, we’ve come so far as a team.
“We’re building a culture and I’m very proud of all their efforts and pleased with their efforts because to win this game was massive mentally for them as well, after losing two semi-finals this year.”
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