STRUGGLING FROM THE SPOT
Despite being one of the prolific goal scorers in front of goal, the Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has not been able to convert penalties in the most convincing fashion in recent months.
Recently, he missed his 10th penalty of the Manchester United career, which led to criticism from the fans and media. However, the winger Ryan Giggs has come to the defence of the player by saying that he is confident that Rooney will start scoring penalties once again and will not be afraid to take the penalty if a chance is presented.
Rooney has already missed from the penalty spot once this season, but the football betting markets are predicting him to score his next one – get your hands on the latest football bets.
His latest miss in the match against West Ham United could have cost the team dearly, but as it is, they have secured their passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup. After the match, Giggs failed to criticise Rooney by saying that the former Everton striker will definitely score the next penalty he gets. He has also said that players go through a patch when they find it difficult to score goals even when it is coming in the form of penalties. He has recalled the time when players like Ruud van Nistelrooy missing several penalties during his Manchester United career.
“Players sometimes go through these types of spells. Ruud van Nistelrooy missing three on the trot. Not many people remember that but I certainly do. The fourth one he stepped up, buried it and probably didn’t miss one again. Wayne is our penalty taker. He will be disappointed because he is a goalscorer who wants to score goals. But I am sure if we get another, he will take it,” said the winger. United will be playing against Fulham at Old Trafford in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with the match against Real Madrid looming.