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Bruno Fernandes reveals Marcus Rashford conversation before Man United penalty vs Everton



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Bruno Fernandes has revealed why he gave Marcus Rashford the second penalty for Manchester United in their 2-0 victory against Everton on Saturday afternoon.

United collected three important points against The Toffees at Old Trafford after two different penalties, both won by Alejandro Garnacho, provided the difference in the game.

Bruno Fernandes dispatched a 12th-minute spot-kick after Garnacho was tripped by Everton defender James Tarkowski.

Just over 20 minutes later, United had another opportunity from 12 yards out after Garnacho was again fouled inside the box.

This time, Marcus Rashford stepped up to take the penalty and the Englishman finished cooly into the side-netting against international teammate Jordan Pickford.

Speaking after the game, Fernandes explained that he gifted Rashford the chance to score the second penalty to confuse Pickford since he had taken the first one not too long before.

“Obviously, as I said many times, we have more than one penalty-taker and we have a list in the dressing room,” Fernandes told club media.

“Marcus [Rashford] is the second name as a penalty taker and I am more than confident whenever Marcus steps up to take a penalty.

“I am more than confident that he can have the same effect as me. I did score the first one but I felt that with the second one, we should have changed because it then moves the mind a little bit of the goalkeeper.

He has to move differently, he has to adapt to a different kind of penalty-taker, so I think it was the best decision for the team in order to help us get another goal.

“It was not because I wasn’t confident I would score, because I was, but because I spoke to Marcus and asked him if he wanted to take it.

“He said: ‘I would be happy to take one’, so I said ‘go ahead’.”