Man Utd star Marcus Rashford explains why Bruno Fernandes didn’t take Bournemouth penalty

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has explained why he took the penalty against Bournemouth – and not Bruno Fernandes. The Red Devils duo were both on target as the Cherries were put to the sword at Old Trafford. And Rashford has now opened up on the penalty he scored during that game.

Rashford made it 2-1 to United from the penalty spot after Junior Stanislas and Mason Greenwood had exchanged blows.

Fernandes has taken every spot-kick for the Red Devils since his January arrival and has a 100 per cent record – but didn’t get the chance against Eddie Howe’s side.

And Rashford has now elaborated on the incident, saying: “The penalties are just penalties.

“We just decide at that moment who’s going to take them. As long as the penalty goes [in], it’s no worries for me.”

The England international’s goal against Bournemouth was his first since the restart and his 20th of the campaign.


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And he was delighted to have found the net, adding: “It’s definitely a nice feeling to back scoring goals, but you know for forwards you just take it one game at a time.

“Whether you score or you don’t score, the next game is always about scoring.

“That’s what I’ll continue to do, like I’ve done for the whole season, really. So game-by-game we want to win games and just keep competing for the trophies we’re still in.

“I want to say how blessed I feel to be back healthy. I’ve had this injury before in the past but this time it was quite a bit worse than the ones I’ve had before. It was definitely difficult news to hear.”

While Rashford was on target for United against Bournemouth, the star of the show was teenager Greenwood.


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The 18-year-old scored a brilliant brace to take his goal tally to 15 for the campaign having flourished since the departure of Romelu Lukaku.

And Rashford has hailed Solskjaer’s handling of Greenwood, saying: “He’s a fantastic player. I’ve watched him before he got to the first-team.

“It was never a matter of if was going to play with us, it was just when. When can we get him involved? Ole has done a terrific job with him.

“First of all, he put him in the squad and brought him on against PSG and that for a player, as a first step, it’s huge and it shows that the manager had confidence in him.

“You’ve got no reason not to have confidence in a player like Mason.

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“But, for me, I just tell him to keep doing what he’s doing because what he does is score goals, so he doesn’t need to do anything else.

“You know, forget everything whatever people are doing outside, whether it’s praise or negativity.

“I enjoy playing with those two players (Martial and Greenwood). I just think there’s a massive flood of positivity right now and momentum. For us, we want to keep that going.

“Like today, all three of us scored today. Mason scored two. That’s the type of momentum we want to keep going. That’s it, really. He’s done very well for the whole season. It’s not just these bits he’s been scoring goals.

“He’s been working hard for the team and doing the dirty work, you know, the unseen work. He does it so he deserves all the credit that he gets.”

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