Many supporters were astonished to see Fernandes take the penalty kick in the final minutes of his team's previous defeat against Aston Villa, which he skied in front of an onlooking Cristiano Ronaldo, who most expected to be his team's primary taker.
After that miss, it was suggested that Fernandes, who had converted 21 of his previous 22 penalty kicks for United, may be benched, but the midfielder revealed that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wanted him to take penalties against Villarreal.
He told BT Sport's Jules Breach, "I was on penalties but we didn't get one."
"The manager will select who takes it before the game. In the match against Villarreal, Fernandes did not need to step up since it was Ronaldo who came to United's rescue once more, scoring deep into stoppage time to give United the win and save their blushes after a poor effort.
“I always thought we'd win the game, and when they scored, I thought we'd come back and turn it around "After the victory, he remarked (through the club's official website). Everyone feels the atmosphere was fantastic after Alex [Telles'] goal.
The fans' support was fantastic. On the drama of Ronaldo’s late winner, he added: "We knew it with Cristiano, at any moment, every ball in the box could be a goal. “As you see, we started to make a little bit more crosses, we started to attack more down the wings and make crosses, put the ball in the box, because we know Edi and Cristiano at any moment with the ball in the box, whether it bounces or goes towards the keeper, they have the feeling. “They are the strikers who have the feeling for the goal. They feel it and Cristiano did it once again, and he will do it more and more in the current season. He and Edi and Anthony will be really important for us because they will score many, many goals."
He went on to say of the drama surrounding Ronaldo's late winner: "With Cristiano, we knew that any ball in the area may result in a goal at any time.
“As you can see, we started to make a few more crosses, we started to attack more down the wings and make crosses, and we started to put the ball in the box because we know Edi and Cristiano have the instinct when the ball is in the area, whether it bounces or goes towards the keeper.
“It's the strikers who have the goal-scoring instinct. They sense it, and Cristiano has done it before, and he will continue to do so this season. He, Edi, and Anthony will be crucial for us because they will all score a lot of goals."
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