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Former opponent explains secret of stopping Bruno Fernandes penalties

Bruno Fernandes in action for Manchester United

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Former Bruno Fernandes opponent, Miguel Soares, has explained the secret of stopping Manchester United midfielder’s penalties.

The Portuguese enjoys his playing time with the Red Devils, since joining the team from Sporting Lisbon, during the summer transfer window. Since his arrival he has put on six penalties for the team, converting all of them successfully.

Fernandes has converted 26 of the total 28 penalties he has taken in his career. The last missed penalty goes back to 2018 when Soares made the save during the Portuguese Cup clash between Sporting Lisbon and Loures.

And speaking about that moment, the goalkeeper said: “The save was a great moment. The secret was the small movement I made to the left.

Bruno looks at the keeper when he takes a penalty, so I did the same to him. I feigned to dive to the left, and went to the right.

I wanted to make Bruno take his decision as late as possible. I didn’t want to make his life easier.

We took Sporting all the way to extra time, and still gave them a scare before they won 2-1.

I hope Bruno can continue converting penalties in the Premier League.

He’ll miss one eventually, but I hope it won’t be for a while – it is better for me.

I didn’t manage to get his shirt after the Sporting game, but I would love to have one of his Manchester United shirts now.

Although I was his opponent on the day, I am a big fan of his.

I realised I wasn’t making enough money from football alone, so I have also worked as a property consultant since 2018.

Life would be very hard for my family if I didn’t have this second job.”

Source: Daily Star

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