Bruno says Man Utd broke strict Solskjaer rule to allow Ronaldo to take penalty

Bruno Fernandes has explained how he and Cristiano Ronaldo broke a strict rule put in place at Manchester United by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the win over Arsenal.

The midfielder, who had scored the opening goal, allowed his Portugal international team-mate to take the spot-kick despite Solskjaer being adamant that he should continue himself.

The 27-year-old missed a last-gasp penalty against Aston Villa back in September which cost his side a valuable point – having been instructed not to give the ball to Ronaldo.

While under the guidance of Michael Carrick, there seems to have been new rules, with the 36-year-old forward stepping up and finishing with aplomb.

"We didn't have a chat. I missed the last one so I trust him in the same way I trust myself," Fernandes told BBC Sport after United ran out 3-2 winners.

"It was time for Cristiano to take the penalty because I took the last one and missed it. It doesn’t matter who gets on the penalty."

While his former boss allowed players that missed to continuing taking penalties, the new rule seems to be that new players step up if the last one wasn't scored.

Back in September, Solskjaer had insisted that Fernandes would not be replaced on 12-yard duties by his more experienced colleague – diving opinion among fans.

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"He'll step forward every day of the week for the club and the team," Solskjaer said at the time.

"Sometimes it just doesn't go your way.

"That is part and parcel of it. It is such a fine line between heaven and hell and unfortunately today he missed it.

"But you know Bruno has been excellent. He is such a good penalty taker and today you'd back him with your mortgage, I would guess."

With Ralf Rangnick now in charge at Old Trafford, until at least the end of the season, that rule could change, but he has revealed his high opinion of Ronaldo.

He said: "Having seen Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, an amazing top professional. At his age, I've never seen a player who is still that physically fit.

"He's still a player who can easily make the difference. So yes, it's about how we can develop the whole team, not only Cristiano.

"We play in the most competitive league in the world, so we need all the players on board. What I saw from Cristiano yesterday, he is more than willing to do that, to put his input into the team. His teammates will have to do the same."

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