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Wayne Rooney: RVP will recover from penalty miss

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Wayne Rooney has backed Robin van Persie to put his penalty miss against Real Sociedad behind him and get back to scoring ways immediately.

The Dutchman had the chance to put Manchester United 1-0 up against their Spanish opponents and help his side take a giant leap towards the knockout stages in the Champions League.

However the Manchester United forward rattled the post with his effort, meaning David Moyes's side had to make do with a point as the game ended goalless.

“Of course [everyone misses from time to time]," Rooney told reporters afterwards. "Most forwards in the world miss penalties. That won’t affect him, I’m sure."

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

Manchester United remain top of Group A thanks to a draw between rivals Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen.

However they face both those sides in their final two games and will need a result in each game in order to secure top spot - something Moyes was all too aware of when bemoaning his side's inability to find the back of the net last night.

"It shouldn't have been a draw, it should have been a victory, we played well enough to win the game, made a lot of chances, and we missed a penalty as well," he said.

"When you get opportunities you want to take them. Those opportunities tonight would have made sure we were well clear at the top of the group, but we're still in a good position.

"It's a good position, it's where we want to be, but we should have had three points tonight and made it a lot easier.

"We go to Leverkusen next and then we play Shakhtar Donetsk at home, so hopefully in those two games we'll make sure we qualify."

Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford this weekend.

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