Solskjaer responds to calls for Cristiano Ronaldo to take Man Utd's penalties

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has indicated that Bruno Fernandes could remain on penalty duty ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo despite his miss in Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Kortney Hause’s excellent header gave Villa a late lead at Old Trafford but United had the chance to rescue a point after they were awarded a penalty in injury time.

Fernandes, who has taken United’s penalties since joining the club, stepped up to take the spot kick ahead of Ronaldo but blazed his effort high over the crossbar.

Ronaldo, who is the penalty taker for Portugal and was first in line at Real Madrid and Juventus, could now be in the frame to take over from Fernandes at United.

But Solskjaer has defended the midfielder after his miss against Villa.

When asked about Ronaldo’s reaction to not being handed penalty duty ahead of Fernandes, Solskjaer replied: ‘You will be making all these assumptions now on reaction of players.

‘Bruno has been excellent, he’s such a good penalty taker.

‘Today, you’d back him with your mortgage, I’d guess.

‘As I said, Bruno has been excellent, and Cristiano is the one who has scored the most penalties in world football.

‘We’ve got great takers here. It’s just a missed opportunity for us to get a point.’

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