Even Ruud van Nistelrooy missed: Ryan Giggs calls for calm over Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney penalty woes

By Chris Bailey

Wayne Rooney may have skied his penalty into the stands instead of sealing Manchester United’s FA Cup win over West Ham, but Ryan Giggs is backing the striker to regain his spot-kicking touch.

Penalty taking duties are becoming a recurring problem for the Red Devils after missing five this campaign – one more than they have managed to convert.

Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie and Nani are culprits alongside Rooney, but Giggs insists it can happen to anyone – even United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy.

“Players sometimes go through these types of spells,” said Giggs.

“Ruud van Nistelrooy missing three on the trot. Not many people remember that but I certainly do.

“The fourth one he stepped up, buried it and probably didn’t miss one again.

“Wayne is our penalty taker. He will be disappointed because he is a goalscorer who wants to score goals.

“But I am sure if we get another, he will take it.”

While Giggs is sure Rooney will bounce back, he is less certain about his own Old Trafford future.

The Welshman turned 39 last November but continues to defy age after a Man of The Match performance against the Hammers.

However, with big games coming thick and fast, Giggs believes there is no time to worry about signing a contract extension.

“I am not thinking about my contract at the moment,” he said. “It is like previous seasons, I am quite relaxed about it.

“I am just enjoying my football. There are so many crucial games at the moment I am not too bothered about what is happening next year.

“I feel good though. Obviously the manager knows how to look after me and I try and look after myself as best I can, which you have to at this age.

“I am not going to play every game but I have to be ready and prepared when called upon.”

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