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Chants of 'Bruno' echoed around Old Trafford as 's new £68million man stood over the penalty spot and made up his mind what to do next.

Moments earlier he had been sent sprawling in the box after reaching Dan James's throughball a split second ahead of the lunging Ben Foster who brought him down and left referee Martin Atkinson with the easiest of decisions. No VAR uncertainty here.

So here he was, Bruno Fernandes picking himself up off the floor to take the penalty in the 41st minute of his fourth game for United and second at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal for Manchester United in their victory over Watford

Bruno Fernandes scored his first goal for in their victory over Watford

The Portuguese midfielder converted coolly from the penalty spot with a skip and a jump

The Portuguese midfielder converted coolly from the penalty spot with a skip and a jump 

He won the penalty for United after he was taken down by Ben Foster inside the penalty area

He won the penalty for United after he was taken down by Ben Foster inside the penalty area

Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood were on the pitch but there wasn’t a moment of doubt about who take on the responsibility.

Fernandes’ leadership qualities, as well as his set-piece capabilities, were among the reasons why United decided to sign him from Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window, and it’s not as though they have excelled in the penalty stakes this season either.

No Premier League team has been awarded more than United’s nine spot-kicks, and no Premier League team has missed as many as United’s four. One more and they will match the record of five set by Liverpool and Tottenham in a single season.

Rashford twice (against Norwich and Crystal Palace), Paul Pogba (against Wolves) and Martial (against Norwich) have all failed from the spot this season so it wasn’t as though the new boy from Portugal had a particularly hard act to follow.

Still, the pressure was on as he placed the ball on the spot, make no mistake about that. United were struggling to find a way past lower table opponents, as they have on so many occasions this season.

Fernandes then assisted Mason Greenwood for United's third goal of the afternoon

Fernandes then assisted Mason Greenwood for United's third goal of the afternoon

Fernandes showed great leadership qualities as United climbed to fifth in the Premier League

Fernandes showed great leadership qualities as United climbed to fifth in the Premier League

There was no doubt on who would take the penalty as Fernandes took responsibility

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