The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 17, 2013
 

Ferguson wary United will one day pay penalty

 
 

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Alex Ferguson called on his Manchester United side to improve their penalty-taking after Wayne Rooney missed their fifth spot-kick of the season on Wednesday.

United, the 11-times record-winners, did advance in this term's FA Cup with a 1-0 third round replay against Premier League rivals West Ham at Old Trafford thanks to Rooney's early first-half goal.

But the England striker wasted a chance to put the result beyond doubt when he blazed over a penalty 12 minutes from time.

That was Rooney's second penalty miss of the season, with Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Nani also proving fallible from 12 yards out this term.