The striker told MUTV he met with the Reds boss following his FA Cup third round replay miss against West Ham to inform the manager he wished to pass spot-kick duties to Robin van Persie.
Rooney, who’s missed nine of the 28 penalties he’s taken in a United shirt since his arrival from Everton in 2004, acknowledged his recent record wasn’t good enough. Seven of those misses have come since the start of 2010, including two – against West Ham and Arsenal – this season.
“To be honest, it was my choice,” Rooney revealed when asked if he was disappointed to have been relieved of penalty duties.
“It wasn't good enough. I went in to speak with the manager and said I'd spoken with Robin [van Persie] and told him he could take them.
“At a club like this, to miss two penalties like I did and not hit the target, it wasn't good enough.”
Rooney's missed penalties:
Dec 2004 - Crystal Palace (H)
Oct 2007 - Aston Villa (A)
Mar 2010 - Liverpool (H)
Dec 2010 - Arsenal (H)
Sep 2011 - Chelsea (H)
Jan 2012 - Man City (A)
Jan 2012 - Bolton (H)
Nov 2012 - Arsenal (H)
Jan 2013 - West Ham (H)