Rio Ferdinand noticed that Bruno Fernandes has changed the way in which he runs up to a penalty in Manchester United’s win over Brighton.

The Red Devils beat the south-coast club 3-2 on Saturday in an incredibly controversial game in which United were awarded a penalty after the final whistle.

VAR spotted a handball from Neal Maupay in the Brighton box seconds before the game was concluded, prompting the referee to hastily undo his decision and point to the spot-kick.

Fernandes was tasked with scoring for United and securing all three points.

And in the high-intensity situation, the Portuguese ditched his usual ‘hop-skip-and-jump’ run up for the more conventional straight route to the ball.

Rio Ferdinand noticed that Bruno Fernandes has changed the way in which he runs up to a penalty

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Highlighting this change, Ferdinand said: “This man is ice-cold in these situations.

“His run-up, he’s changed it a little bit there – that hop-skip-and-jump kind of thing he usually does wasn’t there.

“The pressure was on and he calmed himself down and went back to basics.”

Fernandes scored from the penalty spot with the (second) final kick of the game

He added: “In the end it was the right decision but what I prefer now from last season is that the referee gets the chance to take ownership of that decision.

“He gets the chance to walk over to the actual screen, have a look at it himself, he’s not leaving the responsibility to someone we can’t see. The players know he’s made the decision.”

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