‘Today I failed’: Bruno Fernandes sends message to Man United fans for penalty miss in Aston Villa loss
Bruno Fernandes has made a name for himself as a lethal penalty-taker in the Premier League but he missed a golden opportunity in the 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Reacting to his unusual penalty miss on Twitter, the Manchester United midfielder shared a series of photos and wrote: “No excuses for my penalty miss today. I’m my biggest critic but as always I’ll use it to drive me forward.
“More than my disappointment though, the team’s loss today is the most important. I’ll be ready next time.”
The pictures he shared read: “Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat.
“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this. Today, I failed. But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.
“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.
“Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.
“The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.
“I’m a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I’ll continue to do.” Bruno continued: “Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional… I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us.”
Had the midfielder found the back of the net, the game would have ended 1-1. Nevertheless, this was a rough wake-up call for Ole and his team ahead of a gruelling list of fixtures in October.
Source: Bruno Fernandes @ Twitter