Gamechanger: The evolving role of penalties in the Premier League

At 22 minutes past nine on Saturday evening, referee Michael Oliver’s whistle blew and the inevitable social media outrage commenced. A throw in, an apparent tangle of legs, and a penalty to Manchester United, duly converted by the new saviour of The Red Devils, Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes. It was his 11th goal in the Premier League this season and the 5th he has dispatched from the penalty spot. 

The goal won United the game and saw them draw level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.

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