Ian Wright believes Bruno Fernandes’ ‘unfair’ penalty technique should be banned following the Manchester United playmaker’s match-winning spot kick in the 1-0 victory over West Brom.
The Portugal midfielder used his traditional ‘hop, skip and jump’ method to try and bamboozle Sam Johnstone, but failed at the first attempt as the Baggies goalkeeper kept his effort out.
Fernandes got the winner from the spotAFP or Licensors
However, referee David Coote demanded a retake after he spotted Johnstone straying off his line, and Fernandes repeated his tried and tested method to score.
And Arsenal icon Wright has now urged the authorities to consider changing the penalty laws.
“It is [difficult for goalkeepers],” Wright said on BBC’s Match of the Day.
Wright believes Fernandes’ penalty technique should be bannedGetty Images – Getty
“And then you’ve got forwards jumping up, doing this, doing that sort of stuff and the goalie can’t move his foot off.
“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.”
Presenter Gary Lineker asked: “Are you going to have a law that says you can’t jump?
Wright replied: “Yeah, you have to go straight through your penalty run-up, no jumping.”
Ian Wright wanting to make penalties more fair on goalkeepers?! #MOTD pic.twitter.com/3mu6mfPGpH
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) November 21, 2020
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Fernandes was relieved to beat West Brom but knows Manchester United must do much better moving forwards.
“It was a tough game,” the Portuguese midfielder said. “They played really good football – they are tough in the back, they are strong.
“I think we can do much better in the final third. We need to do much better. I think everyone feels the same.
“The performance was good, but I think we can do much better and everyone agrees with this.
“I don’t think we have to build from here. We are building from the beginning. You build from the losses also. Of course, you don’t want to lose – a team like this, a club like this, doesn’t need to lose to build something important.
“But it’s there. We did the mistakes, and now the point is to keep going and doing the right things and, most important, take the three points.”