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Rooney not 'good enough' for penalties

Wayne Rooney has revealed he asked Alex Ferguson to take him off Manchester United penalty duties.

Striker Rooney blazed his latest effort over against West Ham last month, the second time this season he has failed from the spot.

Ferguson indicated he needed to make a change, and when United got another penalty against Fulham last weekend, it was Ryan Giggs who stepped up to put his side ahead.

But Rooney has revealed Robin van Persie, who did not start last Saturday, has now taken over as United's number one taker.

"To be honest it was my choice," Rooney said. "It wasn't good enough.

"I went in to speak with the manager and said I'd spoken with Robin and told him he could take them.



"At a club like this, to miss two penalties like I did and not hit the target wasn't good enough."

Rooney expects a much tougher test from Fulham at Craven Cottage this evening than they got off the Londoners in the FA Cup last weekend.

Rooney was among the scorers as United cruised to a 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, with only Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer standing between his side and a particularly heavy defeat.

On that form, there is no reason to suggest United's title drive will be halted this evening. "The cup game was quite comfortable," said Rooney. "But at home, Fulham are a different team. They have got players who can take the ball between the lines because the pitch is not as big and then they can create chances.

"They are down near the bottom so they will be fighting to get one or three points."