Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has revealed why he opted to give up his hat-trick and allow Marcus Rashford to take a penalty in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Fernandes sparkled in their 4-1 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir with two goals in the first 19 minutes as the new-look United starting eleven ripped through the Turkish Super Lig champions at Old Trafford.
But the Portugal international opted to give up his penalty duties in the 35th minute as Rashford – who started on the right side of a front three alongside Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial – scored the spot-kick to make it 3-0 before the break.
"Of course every player wants a hat-trick," Fernandes told BT Sport after the game when asked about his surprising decision.
"But after the game in the Premier League I told Rashford that he could take the next one so I remembered that and also he's one of the top scorers in the Champions League so it's important for him to get the confidence.
"It doesn't matter who takes the penalty as long as the team scores."
Fernandes has scored nine goals and registered five assists in 13 games across all competitions this season.
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