Paul Scholes baffled by Bruno Fernandes decision before Marcus Rashford penalty

Paul Scholes admits he was baffled by Bruno Fernandes’ decision to give up penalty-taking duties while on a hat-trick.

Fernandes is Manchester United’s assigned spot-kick taker and was expected to step up to the plate against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night.

But after Marcus Rashford won a penalty at Old Trafford, the Portuguese, who was on a hat-trick, handed the ball to his team-mate.

Rashford took on the responsibility and fired home, putting the Red Devils 3-0 in front.

Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Gary Lineker discussed the incident in the BT Studio at the half time break, and the former revealed his confusion.

“I don’t get it,” said Scholes. “Fernandes has taken all the penalties when he’s played. He’s on the chance of a hat-trick on a European night, I don’t understand it.

Paul Scholes admits he was baffled by Bruno Fernandes’ decision

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“But ultimately we get the same result so there’s not too much damage done.”

Ferdinand discussed Fernandes ahead of the match, where he questioned whether the midfielder – alongside Harry Maguire – is a true leader in this United team.

“I don’t think they are, I’ve got to be honest. None of them are leaders,” said Ferdinand. “Rashford? He’s not leading it on the pitch.

“If we’re being brutal, I don’t think any of them have shown any signs. Maybe Bruno, a new player coming in and taking responsibility in interviews and stuff, on the pitch you can see he demands the ball, takes responsibility that way.

Fernandes handed Marcus Rashford the ball to take the penalty

“But I don’t see anybody who is going to ruffle feathers or pull someone aside, ‘Listen, you’ve given away possession the last three times, sort yourself out’.

“Not so nicely, a bit harsher. Having some no fans in the stadium is disgusting, we hate it, but it has opened my eyes to see there aren’t many leaders who are playing football at the moment and Manchester United are suffering from that.”

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