Cristiano Ronaldo stakes double claim to be Manchester United’s penalty taker – Manchester Evening News

Cristiano Ronaldo has staked a double claim to replace Bruno Fernandes as Manchester United’s penalty taker.

The 36-year-old was ‘spot on’ for Portugal, twice, during the first half of their World Cup qualifying match against European minnows Luxembourg at the Algarve Stadium, in Faro.

Ronaldo scored from 12 yards in the eighth and 13th minute, while Fernandes added a third from open play soon after as the Euro 2016 champions took another huge step closer to Qatar.

Who should take penalties for United has been a hot-topic since Ronaldo completed a sensational return transfer from Serie A giants Juventus on deadline day.

Fernandes boasts a stellar record from the spot, having only missed four out of his 42 attempts.

However, one of those came in telling circumstances before the international break at Old Trafford as Aston Villa sealed a priceless 1-0 victory over the Premier League contenders when Fernandes blazed over the crossbar deep into stoppage-time.

Ronaldo had totted-up a 80 per cent success rate prior to kick-off for Portugal tonight.

In front of his watching teammate, though, the former Real Madrid and Juventus superstar took his 140th and 141st penalties as a professional – and was successful both times.

Here are a selection of comments posted by United supporters on social media about the penalty situation;

@MerlinUnited said: “My source tells me Ronaldo is taking our next penalty.”

@Footy_Variant posted: “It must be Cristiano by default. Whenever he’s on the pitch, he takes on the penalty.”

@draconIANdays added: “Bruno’s clearly a better penalty taker than him, but if there’s a last-minute penalty and my life was on the line, I’d want Ronaldo taking it.”

Who should take penalties for United? Have your say in the comments section below.

@SoksonJr said: “Ronaldo hat-trick of penalties. God please.”

@nuclaes posted: “Doesn’t change that Bruno is better at penalties than Ronaldo and that’s why he’s taking them for United.”

@TeamCRonaldo added: “The best penalty taker of all time.”

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