Man Utd star Fernandes hits back at thinly veiled Mourinho jibe

Bruno Fernandes has hit back at Jose Mourinho, who implied that he was only able to score as much as he did last season because Man Utd are given so many penalties.

The Portuguese midfielder joined Manchester United in January 2020 and he immediately hit the ground running.

In 22 appearances for the Red Devils, the 25-year-old scored 12 and assisted another eight to guide his new team into the Champions League.

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But the Tottenham boss has attempted to throw cold water on the hype surrounding Fernandes. In July, the former Man Utd manager told Portuguese outlet, Record, that: “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.”

In the 2019/20 campaign, Man Utd set a new record for penalties awarded in a single season. United were given 14 penalties last season.

This beats the previous record of 13 that was held by Leicester City and Crystal Palace in 2015/16 and 2004/05 respectively. Fernandes converted eight of United’s 14 spot-kicks last term.

The midfielder has now hit back at Mourinho’s comments in an interview with Portuguese publisher, A Bola.

Fernandes said: “I honestly did not feel stung. I feel that I am a good penalty taker and nothing more, I understand, but what I take from his [Mourinho’s] words because I’m a very positive person, is that he said I hit penalties well.

“It is a reality, not least since I arrived at Manchester United.

“I hear people saying, ‘ah, he only scores from penalty kicks’ but a little while ago, I saw the statistics and, except for penalties, only Kevin De Bruyne has a higher involvement in goals than me in England when it comes to midfielders.”

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