Aug 11, 2020
Watch Bruno Fernandes fool Copenhagen keeper Johnsson by NOT jumping before striking crucial Man Utd penalty
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THREE things in life are certain: Death, taxes and Manchester United scoring a penalty.
Or perhaps that should be Bruno Fernandes scoring a penalty...
Bruno Fernandes is automatic from the penalty spot ????
He mixed up his technique and still converted...
Not missed a pen in four seasons ????#Club2020 pic.
Man Utd were forced into extra-time in their Europa League quarter-final clash with Danish side Copenhagen after being frustrated for 90 minutes.
With United struggling for answers to their drought up front, they yet again turned to Fernandes after being awarded a penalty.
It was the 21st spot-kick United have won in 2019-20 - the highest tally in any of Europe's top five leagues.
But Fernandes, cool as you like, mixed up his pre-penalty routine to leave Copenhagen stopper Karl-Johan Johnsson baffled.
So often since January, Fernandes has hopped before striking the ball from 12 yards out.3Fernandes left his hop at home and rocketed the ball into the netCredit: Getty Images - Getty
But on Monday night he simply charged in and thundered the ball home.
Johnsson was left helpless to stop the ferocious effort, which sealed victory - and a spot in the last-four - for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co.
The strike was Fernandes' 11th goal since joining from Sporting Lisbon.
A barely-believable SEVEN of those have been from penalties.
And former Man Utd star Phil Neville claimed Fernandes' secret is that he mixes up his styles all the time, to keep goalkeepers - who research this sort of thing - guessing.3Man Utd reached the Europa League semi-finals in nervy mannerCredit: Getty Images - Getty
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Neville said: "Bruno Fernandes is a brilliant penalty taker.
"He has different styles. He gives the keeper no chance.
"The technique is fantastic."Bruno Fernandes’ penalty technique at Sporting Lisbon
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Man Utd sell speedy striker prodigy Ayodeji Sotona, 17, to Patrick Vieira’s Nice in permanent transfer
NICE have confirmed the signing of speedy forward Ayodeji Sotona from Manchester United on a permanent deal.
The 17-year-old has swapped England for France as he believes he will be given more first team opportunities with the Ligue 1 club.3Manchester United have sold teenage starlet Ayodeji Sotona to NiceCredit: Getty Images - Getty
And the signs are good for the Ireland youth international as he has immediately been drafted into the senior squad.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Click here for the latest United news
A statement from Nice read: "OGC Nice is delighted to welcome a player with such a huge potential.
"[He] will join Patrick Vieira’s first-team squad as of this season."
Sotona - who can play anywhere across the front line - chipped in with five goals and two assists for United's U18s last term.
According to RTE, the Premier League giants were keen to keep hold of the player.
But they state that Sotona rejected a contract offer from the Red Devils in order to join Nice.
They state that United were willing to offer him a three-year deal, however the lure of first team football proved too strong.
Last September it was revealed that Sotona was the quickest player at United in tests carried out at Carrington.
Irish youth international signs for Les Aiglons! Exciting 17-year-old Ayodeji Sotona has left @ManUtd to join Le Gym! ????⚫️
➡️ https://t.co/f5q9uLSpI5 pic.twitter.com/xp45BepEKI
The Daily Mail reported how the teenager clocked a time of 22.9mph, with Diogo Dalot following in second place with 22.6mph.
Sotona isn't the only player United plan on offloading this week, with Andreas Pereira poised to sign for Lazio on loan.
And Roma remain desperate to land Chris Smalling, with the Serie A outfit willing to fork out £13.6million in order to secure his services.Solskjaer discusses Man Utd's 3-0 win against Brighton in the Carabao Cup fourth round