Manchester United are looking for a new penalty taker after Louis Van Gaal has decided to axe the skipper Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie from the penalty duties. The decision was made after Van Persie missed his kick against West Brom and failed to level the game which United lost 1-0 in the end.
Wayne Rooney has missed his spot kick once this season as well, thus Van Gaal is getting worried with the lack of converting the spot kicks by his strikers. In the 2012-13 season when Van Persie joined the club, Rooney had handed over the spot kick duties to the Dutchman. Since Robin was injured for a while, Rooney was handed over that duty once again.
Van Persie came back to play his first game for United in over 3 months and naturally was under pressure but the pressure got the better of the experienced striker as his penalty was saved by West Brom’s goal keeper Myhill.
After the failure of Rooney and Van Persie, Van Gaal is out to find a new player who can take the penalty this season and other seasons to follow. Among the current squad members, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and Radamel Falcao have prior experience of taking the penalty for their sides.
This season, we could see either of these three men taking over the penalty duties for Red Devils but for next season, the decision would depend on the summer signing Van Gaal manages to pull off. For now, we know that Wayne Rooney and Van Persie have been axed from the penalty duties at Manchester United.