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Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes sends touching message to Marcus Rashford after England miss

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has sent a touching message to Marcus Rashford after his penalty shootout miss for England on Sunday night. The 23-year-old fluffed his lines from 12 yards as Gareth Southgate’s side lost to Italy at Wembley. But the footballing world, rightly, have rallied round him in the short time since. 

England took the lead against Italy through Luke Shaw, only for Leonardo Bonucci to equalise and then force extra time and penalties.

Then, in the shootout, Rashford missed his effort.

The England international’s shot hit the post, with Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka also missing as England lost out on the chance to win a first major tournament since 1966.

After the incident, loathsome trolls on social media bombarded all three players with racist abuse. But the footballing world has been quick to support the trio, who helped the nation dare to dream this summer.

And Fernandes, who plays alongside Rashford at United, has now sent a touching message of support.

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“I’ve always backed myself for a penalty, but something didn’t feel quite right.

“During the long run-up I was saving myself a bit of time and unfortunately the result was not what I wanted.

“I felt as though I had let my team-mates down. I felt as if I’d let everyone down.

“A penalty was all I’d been asked to contribute for the team. I can score penalties in my sleep, so why not that one?

“It’s been playing in my head over and over since I struck the ball and there’s probably not a word to quite describe how it feels.

“Final. 55 years. 1 penalty. History. All I can say is sorry. I wish it had of gone differently.”

Both Southgate and the FA has condemned the racist abuse Rashford, Sancho and Saka have received over the past 48 hours.

Southgate said: “It’s just not what we stand for.

“We have been a beacon of light in bringing people together, in people being able to relate to the national team, and the national team stands for everybody and so that togetherness has to continue.

“We have shown the power our country has when it does come together and has that energy and positivity together.

“It’s my decision who takes the penalties, it’s not a case of players not volunteering or more experienced players backing out.”

The FA also insisted anybody responsible is not welcome in football.

“We could not be clearer that anyone behind such disgusting behaviour is not welcome in following the team,” they said.

“We will do all we can to support the players affected while urging the toughest punishments possible for anyone responsible.

“We will continue to do everything we can to stamp discrimination out of the game, but we implore government to act quickly and bring in the appropriate legislation so this abuse has real life consequences.

“Social media companies need to step up and take accountability and action to ban abusers from their platforms, gather evidence that can lead to prosecution and support making their platforms free from this type of abhorrent abuse.”

Anton Du Beke ‘was desperate’ for Strictly judge role, Bruno quips ‘He needs the money’

“I was never asked my opinion, but I wasn’t surprised,” he spilled.

“He was desperate to get that judging role, so I’m sure he is delighted.”

According to The Sun, he jokingly added: “Good for him. He needs the money.”

The judges reportedly earn £200,000 per series while the pro dancers are given £65,000.

‘He can be diva-ish’ Craig Revel Horwood talks new gig with Strictly co-star Bruno Tonioli

Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli have become two of the most well-known faces of Strictly Come Dancing, with their sassy criticisms and amusing praise leaving the audience and viewers sat at home in hysterics. But now the pair have tried their hand at something else, in a new venture away from the BBC show. And if some believed Bruno could be a diva on the dance floor, Craig confirmed he’s exactly that when he’s behind the wheel.

The two longest-standing judges on the Strictly panel signed up to host a new travel show for ITV, where they will take in the delights of the UK by car.

Craig And Bruno’s Great British Adventure is a creation born from Bruno’s developing idea of wanting to take a deeper look into the history of British brands such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce.

Both admitting they had never been off the beaten track despite living in the country for 30 years, they revealed they had a hoot.

In a new joint interview, they spoke about their latest venture together and how much they enjoyed filming it.

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After the question was asked, they both chimed in unison, “I was!” before Craig added: “I was the safest, but he kept calling me Hyacinth Bucket.”

Bruno laughed as he did an impression of the 90s classic sitcom star – an up-tight character played by Patricia Roytledge, who aspires to climb up the social ladder.

He went on to describe to Radio Times his colleague as a the “mother-in-law in the back of the car”, admitting that there were often times he wanted to “kill him”.

But it sounds like their adventures bode well for great British TV indeed!

The pair’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

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‘So excited’ Anton du Beke speaks out on replacing Bruno Tonioli as judge on Strictly 2021

“Darlings I’m kidding, I’m kidding!

“Seriously though, I have to tell you, Anton IS Mr Strictly and if anybody is filling in for me, it has to be him.

“I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way and I am so excited to see him waggle his paddle.”

Anton has been on Strictly since its first ever episode and he initially went for Len Goodman’s job but missed out, as Shirley was announced to be taking over the head judge role. 

When Dame Darcey Bussell quit the show, it was reported he applied to join the panel again but was also turned down. 

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Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes in tears after Villarreal win Europa League on penalties

Bruno Fernandes could not hold back the tears after Manchester United’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final. The Red Devils were beaten 11-10 on spot-kicks after a thrilling shootout that never seemed like ending but it was David de Gea of all people who missed the decisive spot-kick that saw former Arsenal boss Unai Emery win the competition for the fourth time.
United took the penalties second and responded perfectly every time for ten successive spot-kicks.

Yet when it came down to the goalkeepers, Geronimo Rulli kept out the Spaniard’s strike after converting emphatically into the top corner himself.

After what has been a gruelling season, United fell just short of winning their first trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the final hurdle.

Fernandes had talked about using the Europa League as a launchpad for more trophies beyond this season.

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Marcus Rashford endured a night to forget despite dispatching his spot-kick from 12-yards.

He missed a glaring opportunity inside the box in the second half to put his side ahead but placed his shot wide of the mark.

Villareal took the lead in the first half when Gerard Moreno ghosted in on goal and fired home from a free-kick to the back post.

United responded well after the interval as Edinson Cavani struck an equaliser to give his team hope.

But after a gruelling 120 minutes of action the sides could barely be separated after 22 spot-kicks.

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Firing blanks: Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes need own goal from Azerbaijan – ranked 108th in the world – for World Cup win

Cristiano Ronaldo is toiling to reach Ali Daei’s record for the most international goals of all time – failing to score despite playing 90 minutes against a side ranked 103 places below Portugal as his country labored to victory.

Playing at Juventus’s stadium in Turin, where Ronaldo has scored many of the goals that have taken him to the top of the goalscoring charts in Italy, Portugal relied on a piece of first-half misfortune from Azerbaijan veteran Maksim Medvedev to sneak past the visiting minnows 1-0 in 2022 World Cup qualifying.

The Portugal captain cut an increasingly frustrated figure against the team ranked 108th in the world, misfiring on several occasions as the side with one win in 18 matches came close to securing one of the most famous results in their history.

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has been arguably the best player in the English Premier League this season, was unable to inspire any of his teammates to score against the massive underdogs who they once beat 7-0.

As they desperately tried to break down a defense that conceded twice to Luxembourg and Montenegro last year, Portugal were forced to introduce Joao Felix, the 21-year-old Atletico Madrid starlet and subject of the fourth-highest transfer fee of all time.

The 21-year-old cost $ 155 million when he joined the LaLiga leaders, but was unable to convert that spectacular price tag into a goal against the team that is level with Estonia and slightly behind the Faroe Islands and Mozambique in the standings of football nations.

Ronaldo has now scored just once in his last six international appearances – a single goal in a 7-0 win over Andorra in November – in a sharp decline from his previous run of 16 goals in 11 matches, remaining seven goals short of Iran legend Daei’s record of 109 strikes.

“We have the habit of underestimating some selections by their name,” Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha admitted to RTP afterwards.

“I don’t think the game was easy. Nowadays there are no easy games. Now we must recover, analyze what we have done and be 200 percent against Serbia [on Saturday].”

Portugal boss Fernando Santos described his sluggish side as being wasteful with passes and showing “little variation.”

“Azerbaijan started to believe and found space to go out and play,” he conceded. “We allowed three or four approaches on our goal.

“Of course, I expected to win with another performance. Now let’s look at what we did and think about Serbia.”

Hugely experienced Italian-Albanian manager Gianni De Biasi said he was “disappointed” that his Azerbaijan players had not secured a point or three in their bid to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

“We tried to play our football only in the second half,” he said. “Never say never. Football is made of dreams and we can qualify.”
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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Bruno Fernandes concern ahead of Man City clash

Fernandes has been a revelation for United since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020, providing 23 goals and 18 assists in just 41 Premier League appearances.

But the 26-year-old has failed to make an impact in United’s last two matches, dull 0-0 top-flight draws with Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

United look to Fernandes to inspire them and when the Portugal international is not leading the charge, the rest of the Red Devils attack struggles too.

And Solskjaer, whose side have only won two of their past seven league games having drawn five, wants the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood to contribute more.

“I think taking responsibility is important for everyone when they play football,” the Norwegian coach said.

“Don’t wait for things to happen, you’ve got to make things happen. And we expect everyone to be a leader, everyone to take that responsibility.

“Of course it might be Bruno I but know that teams are trying to man-mark him at times and that’s not a dig at anyone.

“That’s just that sometimes in football they try to stop your best player. And someone else will have to step forward.

“Bruno might find a position, make space for others, create. He has created chances for others even when he has not touched the ball.

“And you see others have created chances for Bruno when they’ve not touched the ball.

“It’s about the movement and creating space for your team-mate and taking that responsibility.”

Despite recent criticism of their performances, Solskjaer declared ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad that United aren’t out of form.

“They have taken little bits from other managers and teams and I have taken a lot of my football philosophy of course from the time I was here at Man United and, to be honest, in Norway.

“I had some great coaches there with the same beliefs that we have to attack quickly. Whenever there is the chance and the opposition is out of balance you counter-attack.

“I think all the best teams can counter attack. All the best teams can break down a deep block.

“As I’ve said, it’s about players. It’s the quality and we are getting there. And we are getting better in most parts of our game.

“We’re working as hard as we can every single day – and that is everyone from the scouts to the cleaning ladies and the people in the kitchens.

“Everyone is working really hard to get us to where we feel belong – and that’s the top. I know our fans want us to win and that they’re impatient for success. We’re working as hard and as quickly as we can.”

Manchester United have Bruno Fernandes problem that was clear in Crystal Palace draw

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“They are missing Paul Pogba, without a shadow of a doubt. Me and Coley [Andy Cole] both said it,” said Clinton Morrison, who hit the nail on the head in the Sky Sports studio at half-time. “Bruno Fernandes is the main man but when it’s not going right for him, this is where you need Paul Pogba and he usually always steps up to the mark so they are missing him.”
The Frenchman’s prowess was sorely missed at Selhurst Park and you cannot help but feel United are starting to look flat without Pogba parading the middle of the pitch.

After all, it was his injection of quality and rise to the fore that saw United considered as genuine Premier League title contenders at the turn of the year.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared to have unlocked the superstar who had threatened to full off the map at Old Trafford and now United had two world players capable of winning matches on their own, in their side.

Pogba’s absence now feeds into a wider problem, one that was glaringly obvious in tonight’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, that Fernandes cannot do it all on his own. That’s been the case for a while.

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Manchester United’s over-reliance on Bruno Fernandes is now a worry (Image: GETTY)

This was a nothing performance from the Portuguese talisman, who was playing his 40th match of the club season and looked leggy.

It begged the question of whether it was necessary to start him in last week’s Europa League last 32 second leg with Real Sociedad, with United already 4-0 to the good.

When Fernandes is not on song, United look like an entirely different team. It’s a scary and quite frankly worrying reality check of where they may have been without him.

As this season’s Premier League top scorers, it’s fair to say that United are the division’s entertainers but tonight’s showing in south London was enough to send you to sleep.

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“They’re so bad,” Gary Neville said during commentary in the second half. “Some of them can’t control the ball.”

Fernandes had tried though, with plenty of swings of his right boot. In the first half, no player gave the ball away more than him (11 times).

There was no urgency to United’s play and if they were to score, it was only ever likely to come from a set-piece, once again delivered by Fernandes.

United need goals and they need goals from the wide areas. It’s time Marcus Rashford is held accountable. He does not win enough games for Solskjaer and is supposed to be one of their main men. His lack of cutting edge is why he won’t start for England at the European Championships this summer.

Mason Greenwood has flattered to deceive too following a stunning breakthrough campaign last season, that saw him net 17 goals in all competitions.

He has managed just one in the Premier League this time around, while Anthony Martial has had similar troubles.

Seasoned veteran Edinson Cavani was feeding entirely off scraps but worked his socks off nonetheless.

This was a far cry from the service he received during his time at the Parc des Princes, where he gunned in 200 Ligue 1 goals during his time at the club.

In midfield, the likes of Fred and Nemanja Matic were solely deployed to provide stability, allowing the attacking players to do the damage going forward.

Yet when Pogba’s on duty, he has the ability to influence the game from deep. 

Manchester United never looked like scoring vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United never looked like scoring vs Crystal Palace (Image: GETTY)

“United haven’t had one midfielder attempt to break the lines,” added Neville, who was almost disgusted with the lack of innovation from United.

This game passed a large number of their players by, as they stop and stared at Fernandes and waited for something to happen.

It’s been a similar story in other matches this season, including Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

The same applies to draws with Arsenal and Liverpool and the embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United.

Fernandes had little impact in either of those outings and ultimately it means, United’s powers wane in front of goal.

You can forgive Solskjaer for wanting to bolster his frontline this summer with Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho among those who would rip up the script and make mockery of United’s toothless attack against Palace.