Kortney Hause’s 88th-minute header put Villa in the lead but the defender’s handball gifted United a chance to steal a point; Fernandes, who was United’s top scorer last season, missed only his second spot-kick for the club as their unbeaten start to the league came to an end.
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has vowed to continue taking penalties after missing his stoppage-time spot kick in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Aston Villa.
Kortney Hause’s 88th-minute header put Villa in the lead but the defender’s handball then gifted United a chance to steal a point.
However, Fernandes, who retained his penalty-taking duties despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence on the pitch, blazed high over the bar to miss only his second of 23 spot kicks (in normal time) for the club.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained after the match about the antics of Villa’s players as Fernandes prepared to take the penalty, with goalkeeper Emi Martinez appearing to suggest that Ronaldo should have been stepping up.
“Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat,” Fernandes said on Instagram.
“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this. Today, I failed. But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.
“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve.