Kyle Walker attempt to put off Bruno Fernandes overheard before Man Utd penalty

Bruno Fernandes was unfazed by Kyle Walker's attempt to put him off as he fired Manchester United into the lead from the penalty spot against local rivals City.

The Red Devils were awarded the spot kick just 35 seconds into the derby after Gabriel Jesus brought down Anthony Martial in the box.

Fernandes is United's designated penalty taker and has a reputation for his deadly precision from 12 yards, having scored nine of his 10 penalties in all competitions this season.

Aware of the Portuguese midfielder's lethality from the penalty spot, Walker was overheard trying to to put off his opponent as he stepped up.

The right-back – who started the match on the bench – shouted "he's saved it" from his seat in the stands as Fernandes ran up to take the penalty.

But Walker's efforts to rattle Fernandes were fruitless and the 26-year-old slotted past Ederson to give United the early lead.

With just 101 seconds played as the ball hit the back of the net, it was the fastest goal City have ever conceded at the Etihad in the Premier League.

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It was also Fernandes' first goal against 'big six' opposition since his second-minute penalty in United's 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham in early October.

The former Sporting Lisbon star hit back at criticism of his 'big six' record earlier this week, telling Sky Sports : "I don't know what people mean by 'top six', because the teams are in top six in the table.

"I score and assist against some of them. I score this season against Tottenham. But some people say penalties don't count!

"I know people expect Bruno to score or assist in every game because when I arrived, I was playing really well. If you see my stats, everyone is thinking that Bruno has to score in every game, Bruno has to assist in every game.

"And I want to do that – it's the most important thing. But as a player, I don't look for the big six or the rest of the league. I look for every game in the same way.

"And I think the league is not a sprint, it's a marathon. So you don't have to score or win against the big six – you have to score and win against everyone."

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