Van Persie relieved of penalty-taking duties following miss in West Brom defeat

Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has been stripped of his penalty-taking duties by manager Louis van Gaal, following the Dutchman’s miss in the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on the weekend, reports BBC Sport.

The Dutch international, 31, missed a vital spot-kick that would have levelled the game for Manchester United against West Bromwich Albion, but Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhill picked the right side for his penalty and it earned Albion another Old Trafford victory. Van Persie was returning from injury, and started in attack in a makeshift looking front three for United, but endured a difficult afternoon.

The defeat meant Manchester United have lost three Premier League games on the bounce, of which they have failed to score in too. Such a run of form now threatens their Champions League hopes, as sides below them in the table made up some ground. Following the game, however, manager Louis van Gaal piled the misery onto the former Arsenal striker, admitting that his recent penalty miss now means he will be relieved of his duties.

When asked whether the 31-year-old would be taking a penalty again for Manchester United, Van Gaal said: “No. He is now at the end of the road. It is always (the same). Wayne Rooney has missed also, so when you miss, you are at the bottom again.”

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