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No more penalties for Van Persie
03 May 2015 22:10
Louis van Gaal has relieved Robin van Persie of penalty-taking duties for Manchester United following his miss in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom.
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The Baggies recorded successive victories at Old Trafford for the first time since 1959 after Chris Brunt's 63rd minute free-kick deflected off Jonas Olsson and flew past David de Gea.
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Van Persie had the chance to grab a valuable point for United 11 minutes later when referee Anthony Taylor ruled Saido Berahino had handled Antonio Valencia's cross in his own box.
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But Boaz Myhill saved the striker's effort and United went on to lose their third successive match, leaving them four points above fifth-placed Liverpool with three games left.
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Van Persie took the penalty because Wayne Rooney missed his previous attempt at Liverpool. And now that the former Arsenal striker has failed to score from the spot, Van Gaal is looking for a new penalty taker.
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"No, he is now at the end of the road," the United boss said when asked if Van Persie would continue taking penalties.
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"It is always (like that). Wayne has missed also so when you miss you are at the bottom again."
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United's struggles in front of goal worry Van Gaal.
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"It's a concern now [a lack of goals]," said the Dutchman, who conceded he is likely to be without injured midfielder Michael Carrick for next week's game at Crystal Palace.
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Myhill always had a feeling he would save Van Persie's effort. "I can't take any credit for (the save)," the Baggies goalkeeper said.
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"Our goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould drew me up a list before the game and said different players go different ways in the main and I made up my mind that if Van Persie took a penalty I would go that way and well done to him."
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Despite his penalty heroics, Myhill may leave the club this summer.
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Albion have yet to exercise the option they have to extend his deal beyond June for another 12 months and he says is in the dark over his future.
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"I have heard nothing from the club yet. I don't know what's happening," said the 32-year-old, who has been in goal since Ben Foster suffered a season-ending knee injury in March.
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"I will wait and see until the club put something in front of me and we will take it from there.
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"I want to stay. The ball is in the club's court."
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Myhill had little to do all afternoon. United had a jaw-dropping 80 per cent of possession, but could not find their way through a compact West Brom team that operated with four centre-backs and a five-man midfield.
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