Bruno Fernandes has apologized for missing a penalty against Aston Villa, promising fans that he will 'be ready next time.'
During Manchester United's 1-0 loss to Villa, Kourtney Hause handled the ball in the box and was awarded an injury-time penalty.
As a result, Fernandes stepped up to take the penalty, having only missed one of his 22 penalty efforts for United when Newcastle's Karl Darlow denied him in October last year.
Many people, though, think Cristiano Ronaldo should have been the one to take the crucial penalty.
Despite this, Fernandes seized the ball and smashed it into the Stretford End.
'Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat.
'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 and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.
'Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.
'The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.
'I'm a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I'll continue to do.
'Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional… I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us.'
No excuses for my penalty miss today. I’m my biggest critic but as always I’ll use it to drive me forward. More than my disappointment though, the team’s loss today is the most important. I’ll be ready next time. pic.twitter.com/tTBgURne8B— Bruno Fernandes (@B_Fernandes8) September 25, 2021
The Red Devils face Villarreal next in the Champions League.