Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was adamant his side must improve their penalty conversion rate after seeing them miss yet another spot-kick in the 1-0 FA Cup third-round replay victory over West Ham.
Wayne Rooney's failed effort from the spot in the contest at Old Trafford, blazed high over the bar in the 79th minute, leaves United with a record of four penalties scored and five missed for the season so far. Although it proved not to matter as the England international's first-half strike set up a fourth-round meeting with Fulham.
Asked about their penalty record after the game, Ferguson told MUTV: "I don't think it is just one of those things. I think we have to improve at that. If you get a penalty kick, really... there has been talk about (the good penalty record of) Rickie Lambert at Southampton. That is what taking penalty kicks is about."
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