Manchester United set EPL record for most penalties awarded in single season

Manchester United set EPL record for most penalties awarded in single season

- Manchester United were awarded their 14th penalty of the EPL season against Leicester City

- No other club in the league has won as many penalties in the history of the English top-flight

- The record was previously held by Crystal Palace and Leicester both who have been on 13

Manchester United have broken a long-standing Premier League record for most penalties awarded to a team in a single season.

United set the new record during their top four decider against Leicester on the final day of the season at the King Power Stadium.

The Red Devils won a penalty in the 72nd minute of the Sunday, July 26, cracker after Johnny Evans and Wes Morgan tripped Anthony Martial in the dangerous area.

Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes stepped up to take the spot-kick, cooly slotted home to hand his side the lead.

The penalty was United's 14th of the 2019/20 campaign, the most by any team in the history of the English top-flight.

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Man United breaks EPL record for most penalties awarded in single season

Fernandes scored United's 14th penalty of the 2019/20 Premier League season. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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The record was previously held by Crystal Palace and Leicester City both who were on 13.

Palace set the record during the 2004/05 season before Leicester replicated it during their title-winning campaign in 2015/16.

Before then, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers were the record holders on 12 penalties awarded in a single calendar year.

United once again featured in the list of clubs who won a dozen penalties during the 2018/19 season under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho.

Collectively, the Red Devils have been awarded a total of 20 penalties this season in all competitions.

Meanwhile, a sublime Bruno Fernandes' spotkick against Leicester set up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side for a 2-0 win to finish third on the standings with 66 points.

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The 33-year-old got one goal more than Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Southampton striker Danny Ings, both on 22, during the campaign.

The Leicester City striker also becomes the ninth English player to either win or share the coveted award, despite failing to score on the final day as the Foxes lost to Manchester United.

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