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Watch Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes perfect his penalties against Boavista teen keeper in surprise visit to old club

BRUNO FERNANDES has already had plenty of practice from the penalty spot since joining Manchester United in January.

But it didn’t prevent him from perfecting his technique on a visit to former club Boavista in Portugal.

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Bruno Fernandes practised his penalties on his return to Boavista
Fernandes buried each spot-kick in the bottom corner

The playmaker, 25, is spending his free time in his native country before United’s season commences on September 19.

He headed to the impressive Estadio de Bessa, where he spent eight years as a youth player and was granted shooting practice at 17-year-old keeper Rafael Flores.

Fernandes showed his remarkable quality during a series of shooting drills as he continued to hit the target with pin-point accuracy.

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He peppered the corners of the net with powerful strikes leaving Flores scrambling across his goalline.

And of course he practised his penalties where he included his trademark “jump” kick.

The video uploaded by Boavista showed Fernandes bury all three spot-kicks each into the bottom corner.

Fernandes was dubbed by some supporters as ‘Penandes’ following United’s record-breaking season from the spot.

They ended the campaign with 22 penalties in total – more than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues since Barcelona in the 2015/16 season.

Fernandes took part in a series of shooting drills
Fernandes spent eight years at Boavista as a youth player

Marcus Rashford scored nine of those but duties were handed over to Fernandes upon his arrival and he boasts a 100 per cent record with eight from eight.

After Fernandes’ opener against Sevilla in the Europa League, fans cheekily changed his Wikipedia page to label him a ‘professional penalty taker’.

The edited entry read: “Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes, born 8 September 1994, is a Portuguese professional penalty kick taker who plays as a penalty kick taker for Premier League club Manchester United and the Portugal national team.”

Meanwhile, Fernandes also found time to delight residents of his home town by handing out vital aid for their battle against coronavirus.

He distributed food and hygiene supplies to hard-up locals in Porto.

The midfielder was accompanied by Fernando Madureira, the leader of Porto ultras group Super Dragoes, for his safety.

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