Bruno Fernandes backs Manchester United teammate to be Champions League top-scorer this season

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has backed teammate Marcus Rashford to finish as this season’s Champions League top scorer after our 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday evening.

The Portuguese scored a brace against the Turkish side, but passed up the chance to score a hat-trick as he opted to give a penalty to Rashford, who also scored.

The Englishman now has five goals in Europe this season, one behind Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, who is the competition’s top scorer, but Fernandes believes it will be important for Rashford to be the Champions League’s leading scorer.

Asked if he was feeling charitable in his decision to give the penalty to Rashford, Fernandes told BT Sport: “No, that’s not the point.

“Of course, everyone wants to score a hat-trick but after the game in the Premier League [against West Brom] I told Rashy the next one he will take.

“I remembered that and also because 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.

“As I say, it doesn’t matter who takes the penalties. The most important thing is scoring and the team scores. When the team scored I score too.”

Speaking about Fernandes’ decision to give the penalty to Rashford, Solskjaer said: “Marcus is a very good penalty taker as well, Bruno is very confident, if Bruno feels he wants to give it to Marcus, so be it.”