After missing a 93rd-minute penalty in Manchester United’s 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa this Saturday, the Portuguese took social media to put an essay apologizing to fans.
"Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat.
"The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.
"I'm a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I'll continue to do.
"Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional… I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us."
When a fan asked him "
Should players really be apologising for missing penalties?"
Sky Sports’ pundit Gary Neville
responded on Twitter:
"It’s embarrassing! They need to sack their PR people, speak with some authenticity and get on with it.
"I’m going to go big on this in the next few weeks. They’ve all got these comms managers, that are creating personalities that don’t exist!"
: "The apology culture that's engulfing football would be ok if it came from a genuine place. However more often than not it's a smokescreen and diversion tactic designed to mask a cr*p performance by experts!! Lose a game = crisis comms meet! How do we spin this one our way?"
"Final message of the day on the Apology stuff and strong advice to players . If you’re going to say something after a game , either go on tv ( I accept players don’t always want to ) or post a video on social media where everyone can see it’s you ."
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