Wayne Rooney has revealed it was his decision – not Sir Alex Ferguson’s – to stop taking Manchester United’s penalties.
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.”
Following the England striker’s conversation with Sir Alex, United were subsequently awarded a
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)