Bruno Fernandes missed his penalty against Aston Villa as he “couldn’t handle pressure” of Cristiano Ronaldo, Tim Sherwood claimed.
Manchester United were condemned to their second defeat in four days after Kortney Hause’s 88th minute header proved to be the difference between the two side’s.
However, the Reds Devils squandered the perfect opportunity to equalise just moments later when goalscorer Hause gave away a penalty.
United fans expected Cristiano Ronaldo to step up to the task, but instead Bruno Fernandes was given the responsibility.
Fernandes then blazed his effort over the bar, much to the relief of Hause and Villa boss Dean Smith.
And former Tottenham and Villa boss Tim Sherwood believes Fernandes only missed the penalty because of the constant pressure to succeed after Ronaldo’s arrival at the club.
“You don’t miss that Jeff, you never see him blast it over the crossbar, he normally waits for the goalkeeper to go down and rolls it into the other corner, it’s the pressure, the main man is here,” said Sherwood on Soccer Special.
“It’s distorted his thinking, he’s got one chance, one chance only and we’ve seen it gone there.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later revealed his decision to put Fernandes on penalty duty as well as expressing his distaste for the way Villa’s players crowded round the Portuguese midfielder before the penalty was taken.
“First of all the way they get round the penalty spot, get round Bruno and that, that’s not to my liking,” he said.
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“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.”
United will now turn his attention to their Champions League contest against Villarreal on Wednesday.
Solskjaer’s side will then play host to Everton in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday.