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Mourinho takes swipe at Fernandes for Manchester United penalty record

Bruno Fernandes celebrates after taking a penalty and scores his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park in Birmingham,

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Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Bruno Fernandes for his Manchester United penalty record, joking that the midfielder “had about 20 to score” in the second half of the season. United set a new Premier League record for the most penalties won in a single campaign.

Fernandes stepped up to convert the Red Devils’ 14th spot-kick of 2019-20, which set them on their way to a 2-0 victory at the King Power Stadium. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men secured third place and Champions League qualification as a result.

Mourinho told Portuguese publication Record: “Bruno came in, was fit, played very well, improved the United team and also proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score.”

Fernandes will be back in action with the rest of the United squad when the Europa League resumes next month. Solskjaer’s team beat LASK 5-0 in the first leg of their round of 16 ties back in March, and a last-eight showdown against either İstanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen awaits if they finish the job at Old Trafford on August 5.

Source: Goal