Van Gaal removes Robin van Persie from Man United penalty duties

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The Dutch superstar missed a spot kick during Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to West Brom, and is now 'at the bottom' of the penalty list.

Robin van Persie's missed penalty during Manchester United's 1-0 home defeat to West Brom could end up costing the forward more than just a bruised ego, according to BBC Sport quotes from Louis van Gaal.

The United boss was asked after the game whether the former Arsenal striker would continue as the club's first-choice penalty taker following the flawed attempt, and answered in a fashion that is likely to disappoint the 31-year-old.

"No. He is now at the end of the road," BBC Sport quote Van Gaal as saying.

"It is always [the same]," he continued. "Wayne Rooney has missed also, so when you miss, you are at the bottom again."

Van Persie's penalty miss came as United toiled to get back in the game against the Baggies, who took a lead through Chris Brunt's deflected free-kick. Saido Berahino was adjudged to have handled in the box in the 72nd minutes, only for the Dutch international's effort to be saved by the on-form Boaz Myhill.

There is already some debate as to whether the Netherlands' record goalscorer is at the real end of the road this summer with regards to his United career, after an injury hit season that has seen him struggle to shine under his former national team boss, with the Mirror just one publication who suggest he may be disposable.

Van Persie's contract runs out in the summer of 2016, and the forward could still be sold this summer for a significant fee if United wanted to recoup some of the £24 million fee quoted by the BBC that they paid Arsenal in 2012.

The attacker has scored 57 goals since his controversial move to Old Trafford, but has just 12 in 28 this season.

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