Robin van Persie is back in the Manchester United lineup, but he won’t be taking any more penalty kicks.
After having his penalty saved in United’s 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion, manager Louis van Gaal has said RVP will no longer be the penalty taker.
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Wayne Rooney is usually the man to take penalties for the Red Devils, but after missing his attempt against Liverpool, van Persie was given a go against West Brom.
Van Persie hit the shot well, but Boaz Myhill guessed right and made a strong save to keep United off the scoresheet. It is the first time Manchester United has lost three straight games in the league for 14 years.
Louis van Gaal said this is his system, and “when you miss you are at the bottom again.” But should it be?
Most teams have a set penalty taker, and one miss wouldn’t change that. Looking at Wayne Rooney’s statistics, he probably shouldn’t have been taking penalties in the first place. The United skipper is 18-for-26 from the penalty spot, converting at a rate of only 69-percent. Out of all players who have taken a minimum of 20 spot kicks, Rooney has the third-worst conversion rate in Premier League history.
Now that Rooney and van Persie are out of the rotation, who steps up to the spot for United?
Juan Mata has been in fine form and could be the man for the job, or Van Gaal could opt to go with Michael Carrick, who has made a living off of his cool composure. With three matches remaining in the season, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod should United get one more penalty kick.