Louis van Gaal: Robin van Persie has been relieved of penalty taking duties
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has decided to take away the penalty taking privileges of Robin van Persie after the Dutch captain missed his spot-kick against West Bromwich Albion over the weekend. United went on to lose the match 1-0, thanks to a deflected Chris Brunt goal.
Van Persie was chosen to take penalties after Wayne Rooney had been relieved of his duties following his miss against Liverpool at Anfield. He however, saw his penalty easily saved by Boaz Myhill against West Brom. That miss proved to be crucial as the Red Devils could have secured a draw if that had gone in.
When asked about Van Persie’s future as the penalty taker, Van Gaal said, "No, he is now at the end of the road. It is always like this. Wayne has missed also, so when you miss you are at the bottom [of the list] again."
He also spoke about his team’s inability to take their chances in front of goal in the last three matches, saying, "It is a concern because I miss a striker that scores and every striker who scores. If it's Van Persie or [Radamel] Falcao or Rooney who scores the goal, I'm very happy and the team is very happy. But we are not taking our chances and we have to analyse why this is.”
“I see the chances being created. That is not a problem. We have to analyse why we are not taking the opportunities."