When Manchester United made the trip to the Emirates, the fans of the Red Devils did not know what to expect from their team. They were going through a rough patch and skipper Bruno Fernandes had recently come out and said that his team had nothing to play for. With that being the mentality around the team, things did not go as per plan for the most successful club in England.
Arsenal managed to win the match 3-1 on their home turf and it was just not the day for skipper Bruno Fernandes and his side. Some would even argue that the Portuguese international was lucky to still be on the pitch (for his studs-up late challenge on Nuno Tavares). However, the most crucial moment of the game was his penalty miss that could have literally cost Manchester United a spot in the top four this season.
The Man Who Was Once A Manchester United Hero Now Finds Himself As The Villian- Bruno Fernandes
When Bruno Fernandes was signed back in January 2020, he turned the whole situation Manchester United was in around. With his dynamic play and creativity, a struggling team finished in the top four once again under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He was also a key figure in the team last season, enabling the Red Devils to progress and improve as a unit.
However, things have just not gone his way and neither is the team playing any better this season. The sacking of Solskjaer did not work in favour of the Manchester-based side. Temporary manager Ralf Ragnick’s appointment has totally disrupted the flow of the team and his recent comments have only made things worse.
To add to that, recent injuries to a few crucial players have made the entire team unstable and they are now dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo more than ever. The veteran talisman has delivered to an extent, though even he has not been able to turn their fates this term.
With that being said, the penalty kick that changed the course of the game against Arsenal, was one of the costliest misses of the season. Fans, commentators and Pundits were wondering why Ronaldo didn’t take the kick in the first place. Taking anything back from the Emirates could have seen Bruno Fernandes and co. get back into the hunt for a Champions League berth. The loss ensures that they are now more or less out of the race.