Bruno Fernandes explains why he let Rashford play the penalty

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Bruno Fernandes has revealed he decided to pass up a chance to score a hat-trick on Tuesday night, so Marcus Rashford could get in on the action too and raise his Champions League goals, while also admitting that he made that promise to Rashford in the previous game.

The Portuguese raised eyebrows when he took the decision, with Man United 2-0 up.

But when asked to explain the rationale behind it, he told BT Sport, “Every player wants to do a hat-trick but after the game in the Premier League, I told Rashy, the next one you will take. And so I remember that.

“He is one of the top scorers in the Champions league. I think it will be important for him to keep going there and taking that confidence.

“Doesn’t matter who takes the penalties – most important is scoring so when the team scores, I score too.”

Fernandes’ decision would probably have backfired if Rashford didn’t score the penalty. But luckily, the Englishman dispatched it clinically, to set us up for what would eventually be a 4-1 win.