Rooney backs Man Utd teammate van Persie after penalty miss

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes Robin van Persie will bounce back after missing a penalty in his side’s 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad on Tuesday in the Champions League, ESPN has reported.

Van Persie was introduced as a second-half substitute as United searched for a winner in the Anoeta, and struck the post in open play before United were awarded a penalty for a foul on Ashley Young.

The former Arsenal striker has replaced Rooney as United’s penalty taker after numerous misses from the spot from the Englishman. But Rooney believes the Dutchman will recover. He said: “Of course [everyone misses from time to time]. Most forwards in the world miss penalties and that won’t affect him, I’m sure.

The Red Devils remain top of Group A and unbeaten following the draw in Spain, leaving them with eight points from four games, but there is still work to do to ensure their qualification into the knockout stages.

The England striker added: “We’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points as we had the best chances. Overall, though, we can see the positives. We got a clean sheet and we’re still top of the group.

I think coming away from home in the Champions League is always difficult. But we created the better chances and I feel we should have won the game. A draw wasn’t the worst result for us, though, particularly given the other game finished 0-0 as well. But we’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points.

David Moyes’ side are back in action when they face a crunch game at Old Trafford against table toppers Arsenal on Sunday. United go into the game having not lost in the last eight games in all competitions while Arsenal haven’t tasted defeat since the opening day of the season.

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