• Premier League

Rooney hands over penalty duties to RvP

ESPN staff
February 2, 2013
Wayne Rooney has taken himself off penalty duties © PA Photos

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has decided to stop what many football fans - and United staff - expect him to perform week in and week out - score goals.

Rooney has surprised United fans by announcing he will hand responsibility of being penalty taker to fellow front-man Robin van Persie, despite - or perhaps because of - a conversion rate of 17 goals from 28 attempts from the spot.

A self-assessing Rooney, who most recently missed a penalty in the FA Cup replay victory against West Ham, has labeled his efforts from the spot as 'not good enough'.

"To be honest, it was my choice," Rooney announced. "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'."

Rooney has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks with former United captain Roy Keane saying the miss against West Ham would be the 'last penalty' Rooney would take.

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