Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes has lashed out at critics after scoring in the 2-0 derby win at Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Fernandes converted from the spot after just 101 seconds at the Etihad Stadium as United brought the hosts’ 21-match winning streak to a screeching halt.
But the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder was in the spotlight prior to Sunday’s derby delight – his record against ‘top six’ clubs criticised following his performance against Chelsea in the goalless draw the weekend prior.
“Every penalty has the same pressure for me,” Fernandes, who has 16 goals and 10 assists through 28 games this Premier League season, told MUTV when asked if he felt the weight of expectation. “It’s always pressure to take a pen, doesn’t matter if it’s against City, or another team. It’s always pressure to take the pens.
“I like that kind of pressure. It’s good pressure. I knew what I had to do. I did it in the right way with the right power and I’m happy to score, of course.
“Honestly for us it’s about winning. People will always complain about everything. Today it will still be Bruno never scores in big games.
“They will put open play no goals, it was a penalty [and say] it doesn’t count! So for us the most important thing is winning the game.
“It doesn’t matter how you score, when the ball touches the net it’s a goal. I will be happy and it doesn’t matter if it’s me or another one scoring.”
United have won three consecutive away games in all competitions against City for the first time since a run of four between November 1993 and November 2000.
Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer’s men however remain 11 points adrift of City atop the table with 10 matches remaining.