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Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes was the victim of some savage mockery on Match of the Day 2 after his awful penalty miss over the weekend.
The usually reliable 27-year-old was gifted a golden opportunity to rescue a point from the spot deep into injury time after Aston Villa defender Kortney Hause was adjudged to have handled inside the box.
However, Fernandes compiled a miserable week for United, blazing his effort wildly over the bar, condemning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's charges to their second consecutive defeat.
It led to the Portugal international taking to Twitter to relay a rather unnecessary apology given his previously impressive exploits for the Red Devils, telling fans: "Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat."
No excuses for my penalty miss today. I'm my biggest critic but as always I'll use it to drive me forward. More than my disappointment though, the team's loss today is the most important. I'll be ready next time. pic.twitter.com/tTBgURne8B
- Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) September 25, 2021
Debate over who would take penalty kicks for the Old Trafford outfit had rumbled on in the opening weeks of the new campaign following Cristiano Ronaldo's return to English shores.
But now it's hard to imagine the five-time Ballon d'Or winner allowing his compatriot another chance to score from 18 yards after Fernandes sent his penalty high over Emiliano Martinez's crossbar.
The disastrous effort saw Martinez do a celebratory dance in front of the Stretford End after initially playing mind games with the former Sporting Lisbon star, but that wasn't the end of the humiliation.
On Sunday evening, many MOTD2 viewers were left surprised when the ending of the show was dedicated to mocking Fernandes's failed spot-kick.
"We leave you with the big question of the weekend: has anyone seen Bruno Fernandes's ball? Goodnight," said the show's host, rubbing salt into Bruno's still open wounds.
The defeat against Villa leaves United sitting in fourth position in the Premier League table after six games, just one point behind table-toppers Liverpool.
However, their below-par performance levels will be of concern to Solskjaer, and a tricky run of fixtures means things could be about to get even tougher for the 20-time English champions.
They'll be hoping that Fernandes gets back to his scintillating best in the weeks to come after a fast start to the season, putting his humiliating penalty miss behind him.
Words by George Cannon.
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