Gary Lineker makes Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd claim as he mocks Bruno Fernandes penalty

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Gary Lineker made a claim about Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty taking chances after Bruno Fernandes missed from the spot in the defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. The Portuguese midfielder is usually very reliable from the spot, but fired over at a vital time on Saturday.

Gary Lineker reckons Cristiano Ronaldo will be on penalty duty for Manchester United in the future after Bruno Fernandes’ miss.

The Red Devils fell to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa courtesy of Kourtney Hause’s 88th minute winner.

United were presented with a golden opportunity to nab a point at the death after when Hause was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

Despite Ronaldo still being on the pitch, Fernandes was handed the responsibility of scoring from the spot.

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But the Portugal international blazed over from 12 yards, condemning United to a third defeat in four matches in all competitions.

The subject of who would take spot-kicks was highly contentious after Ronaldo’s return.

And while it appears that Fernandes was given the role of penalty taking for now, Match of the Day host Lineker reckons Ronaldo will be taking the ball from now on.

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He tweeted: “Think it’s safe to say that @Cristiano will now be on penalties as Bruno hits one that’s yet to re enter the Earth’s atmosphere.”

Before the penalty the Villa players surrounded Fernandes and the referee and had to be forced back outside the penalty area.

And Solskjaer condemned the opposition players’ actions and defended his own player despite costing them a point.

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“First of all the way they get round the penalty spot, get round Bruno and that, that’s not to my liking.

Bruno is usually very good in those positions and unfortunately he missed this one.

“It doesn’t get in Bruno’s head. He’s strong mentally and he’ll step forward again. The decision (on who takes penalties) is made before the game.”

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