Bruno Fernandes will “give up 100 percent” of Manchester United’s penalty shootout in order for Cristiano Ronaldo to take them.
Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford was confirmed on Tuesday and he will become a key figure in attack.
The 36-year-old executed free kicks and penalties at Juventus during his three-year stay, but Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand thinks he will share free kicks with Fernandes.
He explained on his YouTube channel: “I think Bruno gives up penalties, but he does not give up free kicks and corner kicks.”
“Free kicks around the box, he [Fernandes] will be in them I think. I think his record requires him to do that.”
Fernandes has been involved in more goals than any United player since arriving in January 2020, with most coming from the penalty spot.
Ferdinand continued: “He [Ronaldo] gets the penalties, 100 percent. They agree to give him the penalties, but I think the free kicks in the penalty area, Bruno just grabs the ball and puts it down.”
Both players represent Portugal at the international level and Ronaldo has his mind when it comes to kicks in the country.
Many have wondered how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will balance the attacking talent in his squad.
Ronaldo often likes to be the focal point, while Fernandes has transformed United in the last 18 months.