Rooney unmoved by penalty miss
Wayne Rooney says he was left bemused by his penalty miss during Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Arsenal, but stressed the incident is already in the past.
The English striker dragged his first half spot-kick just wide of the left-hand-post during an impressive performance at Old Trafford, where the Reds eventually sealed a surprisingly routine win over the Gunners in the Barclays Premier League.
Though the miss is a worry, Rooney told Sky Sports it will not play on his mind.
“I don’t know what happened but these things happen,” he said. “Obviously, I am disappointed with the penalty but I will move on because we won the game and that is the most important thing. It’s something that is gone now for me.
“We had plenty of chances. Obviously, it was a poor penalty from myself but we should be taking care of games and we had a lot of chances late doors, especially when they went down to 10 men, to kill it off and we didn’t do it. That could cost us in the future. We need to make sure we are more clinical to finish games off.
“We tried to stop them playing,” he added. “They are a fantastic football team but if you stop their playmakers then you have a chance, especially when you win the ball. If you win it high up the pitch you can break off them and create chances. We did that quite well and the led to a lot of chances for us. It certainly was our game-plan – to stop them playing and press them high.”
Victory over Arsenal during Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off saw United temporarily move ahead of Chelsea at the top of the league, capping an impressive week for the Reds following last weekend’s dramatic and entertaining 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge.
League positions may matter little at this stage of the season, but, as Rooney points out, United’s good form and momentum is a huge positive following the disappointment of losing away at Everton on the opening night of the season back in August.
“We knew we would go top if we won before the game. It is important to us after dropping two points on the first game of the season,” he added.
“We have done well and dug in at times to grind out some results whilst playing some good football. It’s nice to be top of the league, it might not be for long but we are happy to be there.”