Rooney - Pen miss won't affect RvP

Last Updated: Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:35
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Wayne Rooney has backed Manchester United team-mate Robin van Persie to bounce back from his spot-kick failure against Real Sociedad.

The Dutchman missed the chance to earn a Champions League victory in northern Spain on Tuesday when he belted his second-half effort against a post.

It meant United had to settle for a 0-0 draw, which keeps them top of Group A but still leaves them needing a victory from one of their final two fixtures to guarantee a place in the last 16.

Van Persie has missed before, against Southampton last year, and Rooney, who also knows the pain of not converting from 12 yards, does not feel it will be a problem.

"Of course [everyone misses from time to time]," said Rooney. "Most forwards in the world miss penalties. That won't affect him, I'm sure."

With Van Persie also striking a post from Ashley Young's cross and Javier Hernandez inexplicably failing to convert after Shinji Kagawa provided him with a glorious six-yard opportunity, Rooney felt United had done enough to edge it.

"We're disappointed we didn't get the three points as we had the best chances," he said.

"Overall, however, we can see the positives. We got a clean sheet and we're still top of the group."

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