Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United’s interim manager, has disclosed that Cristiano Ronaldo chose not to take the penalty against Arsenal on Saturday.
After the Gunners scored two in the first half through Nuno Tavares and Bukayo Saka, Ronaldo had already pulled one back for the Red Devils.
However, referee Craig Pawson penalized Tavares for handball, the 37-year-old handed the penalty kick to Bruno Fernandes, who smacked his attempt off the post.
Granit Xhaka then scored a critical third goal for Arsenal.
Speaking after the game, Rangnick said: “I spoke with him after the game and he (Ronaldo) told me he didn’t feel like taking it.
“And that is why he felt it would be better if Bruno took it.”
Manchester United eventually lost the match 3-1 to further dent their Uefa Champions League hopes.