Newcastle's Karl Darlow became the first goalkeeper to save one of Bruno Fernandes' Manchester United penalties last year.

That was a relatively poor effort from Fernandes, however, he wasn't made to rue his penalty miss because United still won that game 4-1 at St James' Park.

Fast forward to the Reds' game versus Aston Villa this weekend and Fernandes blundered from the spot again.

Unlike against Newcastle, Fernandes' penalty miss had greater importance as a later equaliser would have salvaged a point. Instead, United's top goalscorer last season failed to convert from the spot in disastrous style, sending the ball well over the bar and into the terraces. "Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty," Fernandes wrote after the game.

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Fernandes has shouldered the burden on taking United's penalties since his arrival from Sporting Libson and, with the exception of Saturday's penalty miss, he's excelled from the spot, scoring 13 penalties and just missing one prior to this weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo's return to United on deadline day posed a threat to Fernandes' place as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's assigned penalty taker, but when the midfielder picked up the ball against Aston Villa, it was clear the pecking order hadn't changed.

Fernandes duly missed, costing United a draw, and questions have since been asked on whether Ronaldo should take penalties.

The data shows that there was logic behind Fernandes taking United's penalty against Aston Villa because before that game Ronaldo had converted 80 per cent of the penalties he'd taken in his career while Fernandes had scored an impressive 93 per cent.

Although Fernandes' conversation rate has now dropped to 90 per cent after that miss, it's still notably better than Ronaldo's.

Ronaldo has taken more penalties [139 scored and 28 missed] across his career than Fernandes [42 scored and four missed], which could explain that differential, but the data suggests it was the correct call for the latter to take the penalty against Aston Villa.