Bruno Fernandes’ penalty technique must be banned, says Ian Wright
Bruno Fernandes' penalty against West Brom in Red Devils' Saturday game against West Brom was saved by Darnell Furlong but referee David Coote disallowed the penalty save due to the keeper’s move from the goal line before the ball was hit. Fernandes managed to score the penalty in his second attempt and earned Manchester United their first 2020-21 Premier League victory in Old Trafford. However, the technique used by the Portuguese midfielder has started controversy as some spectators believe his run-up and jump before striking the ball makes it too difficult for the keeper to time their dive. Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes that Fernandes’ technique must be banned and a law change is needed for the way players are permitted to run-up before hitting the ball.
"They should stop people jumping and that, they should have to make a full... just run at the ball and hit it. If they can move and the goalies can't, that's not fair."
When asked if he means that a new law must be applied to penalties, Wright responded:
"Yeah, you have to go straight through your penalty run-up, no jumping."
With this victory, Manchester United climbs to ninth place of the table as they have earned 13 points from eight games this season.