- Bruno Fernandes replies Jose Mourinho over 'great penalty taker' comment
- The 25-year-old replied his countryman saying only Kevin de Bruyne comes close in terms of goals in the EPL
- Fernandes scored 12 goals and assisted eight others despite joining United mid-way last term
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has lashed back at Jose Mourinho saying he is more than a penalty specialist.
The 25-year-old joined the Red Devils in a 68 million deal mid-way into the 2019-20 season from Sporting Lisbon and became an instant success for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.
He scored 12 goals and eight assists in 22 appearances for the Old Trafford outfit across competitions last campaign.
The Portugal international converted all eight spot-kicks - reasons the Spurs handler tried mocking him according to Daily Mail.
"Bruno came in, he was fit, played very well and improved the United team,' Mourinho told Portuguese newspaper Record.
"He also proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score!'.
The Red Devils star has now replied the former Chelsea manager, pointing out his impact on games - comparing himself to Manchester City maestro De Bruyne.
"I hear people saying, "ah, he only scores from penalty kicks"… but a little while ago, I saw the statistics and, except for penalties, only Kevin De Bruyne has a higher involvement in goals than me in England when it comes to midfielders,' he told A Bola.
Fernandes defended himself and said Mourinho's jibe about him being 'a great penalty taker, because he had about 20 to score' is a 'reality'.
"I honestly did not feel stung,' he added. '"I feel that I am a good penalty taker and nothing more, I understand, but what I take from his [Mourinho's] words because I'm a very positive person, is that he said I hit penalties well. It is a reality, not least since I arrived at Manchester United."
After his arrival, United went 19 matches unbeaten and even went ahead to seal a Champions League spot.
Last season United were awarded a record 14 penalties in the Premier League and the 'Special One was on the receiving end of two penalty decisions when United drew 1-1 with Spurs.
It's not the first time Mourinho has thrown jibes at United's penalty record. In July, when asked to compare United's attack with Tottenham's, the Spurs boss said: 'United's 13 penalties is a help. It's a help!'
Legit.ng earlier reported that Bruno Fernandes has set a new record at Manchester United having been directly involved in 13 Premier League goals since he arrived the Old Trafford club in January.
The Portuguese becomes the first man to achieve such feat having scored seven goals and made six assists totaling 13 in his first ten league games for the Red Devils.
Fernandes scored United’s first goal in their 3-0 win over Aston Villa when he slotted him cooly from the penalty spot and he later provided an assist for Paul Pogba who netted the third.
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