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Wayne Rooney says Robin van Persie will recover from penalty misses

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On Tuesday, Robin van Persie missed a penalty that would’ve given Manchester United a win over Real Sociedad in Champions League group play. Instead, they tied and walked away with one point. Robin van Persie was a prolific goal scorer last season and replaced Wayne Rooney as the primary penalty taker. That was in part because of Rooney’s struggles from the spot.

“Of course [everyone misses from time to time]. Most forwards in the world miss penalties and that won’t affect him, I’m sure,” Rooney said, via ESPN FC.

“We’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points as we had the best chances. Overall, though, we can see the positives. We got a clean sheet and we’re still top of the group.

“I think coming away from home in the Champions League is always difficult. But we created the better chances and I feel we should have won the game. A draw wasn’t the worst result for us, though, particularly given the other game finished 0-0 as well. But we’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points.”

They’re holding on to a one-point in their group over Bayer Leverkusen with two games left in group play.

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