LONDON (SPORTING ALERT) — Leading striker Wayne Rooney has revealed that he’s given up the responsibility of taking penalty kicks for Manchester United and has handed the duties to striker partner Robin van Persie.
Rooney, who has converted 17 goals of his last 28 attempts from the spot, said he made the decision after talking his manger Sir Alex Ferguson, following his horrible miss against West Ham United in the FA Cup.
Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane had suggested at the time of the FA Cup miss that Rooney had taken his last penalty and England international admits that his efforts were just “not good enough.”
“To be honest, it was my choice,” Rooney said.
“At a club like this, to miss two penalties the way I have and not hit the target was not good enough.”
“I went in to speak with the manager and said, ‘I spoke with Robin van Persie and said he can take them.'”
In the meantime, Rooney has proven that Manchester United is more than just about Van Persie, after the striker guided the Premier League Leagues to two important wins recently.
He netted twice in the 2-1 victory over Southampton in midweek, before cleverly slotting home the winner at Fulham in the 1-0 win on Saturday.
Manchester United are now 10 points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League standings.