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Bruno Fernandes struck back at Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager complained about the number of penalties awarded to Manchester United.
Klopp was not happy that his team had not received a penalty during a loss to Southampton earlier this month and the German pointed to the number of shots from the point United had received.
Since the start of last season, United have won 20 penalties in the Premier League to 10 for Liverpool.
Fernandes, who has scored five penalties in the Premier League this season, insisted he was unfazed, also suggesting that Klopp was trying to pressure the referees ahead of United’s trip to Anfield on Sunday.
“You always see what people say, but I don’t really care. I don’t focus on what they say. We have very fast players up front, ”he said.
“Anthony Martial is one of the best one-on-one players in the area, Marcus Rashford is another who is quick and has quick feet, who can take the ball away from the defender at any moment.
“It is normal that sometimes, for that reason, they stumble and fall and win penalties.
“People can talk and say what they want, but for me and for the team, the main point is to keep doing the right things and when we receive a penalty, just score.
“I played in Portugal and when you play for Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Porto always talk about that kind of thing, sometimes to put pressure on the referee.”
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 15, 2021
United visit champions Liverpool with a surprise three points ahead of the table.
Liverpool claimed their first top flight title since 1990 last year, going to 19 in total, one less than United’s record.
Fernandes said the players knew how much those records meant to fans.
“You don’t want your rivals at the same level as you, or with the same amount of trophies as you,” he said.
“So it’s clear to everyone here at the club and in the locker room, everyone knows what it means to the fans.
“It would be a lot more fun with 21 titles and Liverpool still with 19, of course.”