Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has heaped praise on Bruno Fernandes after the Portuguese maestro proved the match winner as Manchester United saw off Copenhagen to advance to the Europa League semi finals.
United were made to work hard for their 1-0 victory on Monday, with the Danes forcing them to find a winner in extra time after a stoic defensive performance in Cologne, Germany.
But they managed to break the deadlock after 95 minutes when Fernandes stepped up to convert a spot kick after Anthony Martial was brought down in the penalty area during a threatening attack.
His strike was his 11th goal for United since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January, in what has proven to be an inspired move for the Old Trafford club.
Fernandes has become United’s designated penalty taker, but decided to steer clear of his tried and tested ‘jump’ run-up for the spot kick on Monday – instead driving the ball into the bottom corner without hesitation.
NobleSports pundict Adii had notedthat the Portuguese ‘There was no jump was there. The keeper was waiting for that jump. He just ran up to the ball, no jump, smashes it. Different technique, same result. 1-0 United.’
And United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that his star man has the ability to switch up different types of penalties to confuse goalkeepers.
‘He knows that keepers will wait for him to do the jump,’ the United manager said. ‘He practices both of them and he practices both sides so he’s got them sorted. Better than I was anyway!’
United advance to Sunday’s semi final where they will meet either Wolves or Sevilla, with the pair playing their quarter final on Tuesday in Duisburg.
The Red Devils beat Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the FA Cup earlier this season, and should the west midlands club get past the Spaniards, it will be the fifth time the two clubs have met this season.