Manchester United have set a new Premier League record for the amount of penalties they’ve been awarded in the past two seasons. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team scored a spot-kick against Watford on Sunday when Bruno Fernandes fired home his first goal for the club.
United have been awarded 22 penalties over the last two seasons, with 12 last term and 10 in the current campaign.
That means they are the first team in the Premier League era to be awarded 22 over a two season period, report The Times.
Fernandes scored from 12 yards after being fouled by Ben Foster.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for his January signing after the game, comparing him to former Old Trafford stars Juan Sebastian Veron and Paul Scholes.
“He felt like a presence in the group from the first minute, a bit of a mix between Scholes and Veron – the temperament of Veron and a lot of the quality of Scholesy,” said Solskjaer.
“The fans are used to players with that personality, mentality and quality.
“We have got the number 10 position nailed down now. He is a big piece of what we are trying to put together.
“In today’s market, I think we got a good deal. He has given everyone a boost.”
In today’s market, I think we got a good deal. He has given everyone a boost
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Man Utd new boy Bruno Fernandes
Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood were also on target in the 3-0 win.
Solskjaer challenged the Frenchman to deliver more for the team in the absence of Marcus Rashford.
“Anthony has got his critics and I am one of the biggest,” he added.
”He scored a number nine’s goal against Chelsea, did everything to get the goal against Bruges and this one is more the Anthony we know about. The skill is just mind-blowing. But I want more from him.”
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On Greenwood, Solskjaer added: “Right foot, left foot, it doesn’t matter,” said the 46-year-old. “Mason knows how to score and is going to be better and better.
“He is only 18. He is not like [former United and England striker] Wayne Rooney was at 18, he was fully grown in his body. In Mason’s case, in a couple of years’ time he will be more or less the complete number nine.
“There are four big games coming up now – Everton, Manchester City, Tottenham and Sheffield United,” said Solskjaer.
“It has been a good week but now we need to kick on.”
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