Football - Rooney will be back on the hot spot for United

Sir Alex Ferguson has assured Wayne Rooney he will eventually get the penalty-taking job at Manchester United back.

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Rooney missed his 10th spot-kick for United when he was off target in the FA Cup third-round replay against West Ham 10 days ago.

Ferguson felt it was time for a change, so when Aaron Hughes handled in the second minute of the fourth-round clash with Fulham, Rooney was passed over in favour of Ryan Giggs, who duly sent United on their way to a 4-1 win.

With Robin van Persie not even on the pitch, Rooney has slipped well down the penalty-taking pecking order. However, Ferguson does not think the England man's spot-kick days are over.

"With Wayne missing the penalties he has, it was time to give him a break," said Ferguson. "But he will come back it.

"The one thing about Wayne is that it doesn't faze him if he misses one. He has a fantastic temperament."

Rooney got his name on the scoresheet anyway, blasting home in the second half after Anderson provided the through-ball.

He then sent Javier Hernandez through for the first of his two goals before Hughes netted a consolation for the visitors, who were comprehensively outplayed.

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