Robin van Persie defends Man United penalty record this season

Robin van Persie defends Man United penalty record this season

- Robin van Persie believes United's penalty record showed the Red Devils are attack-minded

- Man United have won a record 21 penalties in the 2019/20 season, with 14 of those coming in the Premier League

- And despite rival supporters making fun of the penalty record, Van Persie contends it is a good thing

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Man United hero Robin van Persie has defended the club's penalty record this season.

United have been awarded 21 penalties so far this season, with their last coming in their slim 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen.

The Red Devils appeared to struggle to break a stubborn Copenhagen side during their Europa League quarter final fixture played in Cologne.

The match ended in a barren draw after regulation time, only for referee Clement Turpin to point to the spot to gift United a penalty scored by Bruno Fernandes.

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Previously, the Red Devils had won 14 penalties in the Premier League this season, a historic record in the English top-flight.

Robin van Persie defends Man United penalty record this season
Robin van Persie credits Bruno Fernandes for taking up penalty responsibilities. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The record has seen rival fans troll United as 'Penchester', with some labelling the club as 'VARchester' in relation to the number of times VAR technology has awarded them penalties.

However, Van Persie has jumped to the defence of his former side, pointing out "it's a good thing."

According to the retired striker, the record proves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have been lethal and threatening upfront.

"If you get 21 penalties in a season, it shows you that you’re attacking a lot," the ex-United striker told 90min.

"Maybe a couple of them could or could not be a penalty, maybe a little bit tricky, but even then you’re attacking and in a situation where the referee can give a penalty. I think it’s a good thing that they’re getting so many," he added.

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"Bruno Fernandes has his very own unique style of taking them, but what I like is that he mixes it up," he noted.

Van Persie further hailed new arrival Fernandes who has been integral in converting penalties awarded to Man United.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that football fans were banned from the stadiums since March following the outbreak of the pandemic, however latest information has it that the government will allow them to return to the stands as from September.

The Sun reported that a further easing of the lockdown will be implemented by the UK government with strict rules in order to test the possibility of the safe return of fans to the stands.

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