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Score or feel my wrath: Wayne Rooney will pay penalty for fluffed spot kick as tenth miss irks Manchester United boss

By Alex Bysouth

Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted Manchester United’s shortcomings from the spot, insisting you have to score, or feel my wrath.

Ferguson admitted his frustration after Wayne Rooney missed his second penalty of the season against West Ham United on Wednesday night – his tenth miss in 27 attempts for United.

In fact, the Red Devils have failed from 12-yards more times than they have scored this campaign, with Robin van Perise, Nani and Javier Hernandez the other culprits.

“You have to score a goal,” Ferguson told MUTV.

“A penalty kick is your opportunity to take an advantage, whether it was a foul or a handball that led to it.

“I don’t think it is [just] one of those things, we must improve on that, I must say.”

Ferguson has been blessed with reliable penalty takers throughout his 25 tenure at Old Trafford, with the likes of Dennis Irwin and Ruud van Nistelrooy converting regularly from the spot.

And after witnessing United’s fifth fluffed spot-kick since August, the Scot expressed his admiration for dead-ball specialists past and present.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the boy (Rickie) Lambert at Southampton, who has scored 31 out of 31 – that’s what penalty-kick taking is all about,” he said.

“There have been several other great examples from over the years.

“Matt Le Tissier scored 47 out of 48 and there was a player in Scotland who played for Rangers [Johnny Hubbard, who scored 65 out of 68].”

Luckily for Ferguson each of the five times United have wasted chances from the spot they have gone on to win the game.

But United legend Roy Keane admitted his former boss is likely to have given Rooney the hair-dryer treatment after his latest miss.

“He [Ferguson] will be fuming,” Keane told The Mirror. “I think that will be the last penalty Rooney takes for United.

“He could have made things a lot easier. The last thing the manager would have wanted was for the game to go to extra-time.

“Wayne has missed ten now and that is far too many. Clearly he is not up to it in terms of taking penalties, Van Persie I’m sure will be delighted to take over that role.”

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