Turf Moor

Next Game

Burnley v Man Utd

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Stadium:MK

Last Game

MK Dons 4 - 0 Man Utd

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 20:00

Capital One Cup Second Round

Lucky penalty relief for Roo

Wayne Rooney admits he was relieved to see his penalty in Braga hit the net, after slipping in the run up.

Last Updated: 08/11/12 at 16:50 Post Comment

Wayne Rooney celebrates 'lucky' penalty success against Braga

Wayne Rooney celebrates 'lucky' penalty success against Braga

The Manchester United striker was keen to bounce back from his miss from the spot against Arsenal at the weekend, after being given the chance to give his side a 2-1 lead.

But the torrential rain caused his standing foot to give way at the crucial moment, a slip that could have sent the ball anywhere.

Fortunately for United and Rooney, the slip sent the ball in the opposite direction to Braga goalkeeper Beto, saving the striker's blushes of missing their fifth penalty of the season.

And Rooney admitted being relieved.

He said: "I was a bit fortunate; I slipped but thankfully it's gone in so I'm happy with that.

"At the time it happened so quick, but obviously I've seen it going towards the goal and the keeper going the other way.

"I was happy with it going in but obviously I've been quite lucky with that."

Responsibility

Rooney insisted he had no hesitation in taking responsibility for the kick, despite his miss at Old Trafford four days earlier.

"I had no doubts at all," he continued. "Obviously I was disappointed at the weekend, not only to miss but to miss the target.

"I said after the game it wasn't good enough."

But his success against Braga on Wednesday was good enough to secure United victory and top spot in group H with two games to spare.

It looked unlikely going into the final ten minutes with Braga leading 1-0 through a penalty given away by Jonny Evans.

But the introduction of Robin van Persie changed the game, the Dutchman equalising with a fantastic piece of improvisation to lift the ball over Beto as he inadvisably raced from his line.

And after Rooney's spot-kick, Javier Hernandez put the gloss on the result with a typical poachers goal in stoppage time.

Rooney continued: "I think we can play better football - at times it was too slow but the result is the most important thing.

"I think we had quite a bit of possession, we just needed a bit more movement and speed to our play, and thankfully in the last 10 or 15 minutes, when it mattered, we got them."

Ryan Giggs was in no doubt that the introduction of the £24million man changed the game.

He said : "It wasn't until Robin came on that we started to play a little bit better.

"His confidence is just sky high at the moment.

"I read last week that a lot of the players think he's similar to Ruud van Nistelrooy in the respect that Ruud used to get a chance and more often than not he'd put them away.

"That's the case with Robin at the minute; his confidence is high, we're creating chances for him and he's putting them away."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Liverpool-owned Divock Origi reveals Tottenham snub

Divock Origi has revealed that he rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur to move to Liverpool this summer.

Roy Hodgson calls up Jack Colback, Calum Chambers, Danny Rose and Fabian Delph to England squad

Roy Hodgson has named four uncapped players in his latest England squad with Wayne Rooney confirmed as captain.

Wayne Rooney named as new England captain

Wayne Rooney has been named England's new captain by manager Roy Hodgson.

Mail Box

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property