MATA: ROONEY? I'M NOW MAN UTD'S NO.1 PENALTY TAKER

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The Spaniard converted from the spot in

Wednesday's Champions League clash with

Wolfsburg, with Louis van Gaal having decided

he is now ahead of Wayne Rooney in the

pecking order.

Juan Mata has revealed that he is now

Manchester United's primary penalty taker,

ahead of Wayne Rooney, with the Spaniard

having scored from the spot in Wednesday's

2-1 win over Wolfsburg.

The former Chelsea playmaker stepped up to

slot home past Diego Benaglio in the 34th

minute, levelling the Champions League clash at

Old Trafford at the time, with Daniel Caligiuri

having given the visitors the lead.

And now Mata, who also set-up United's winner

with an extravagant flick into Chris Smalling's

path, has revealed that Louis van Gaal has

decided he is now the club's penalty taker,

ahead of skipper Rooney.

Mata told BT Sport : "The manager makes a list

of penalty takers and I'm the first right now so I

have confidence.

"It was a very tough game. We were defending

in the last minutes because we were physically

very tired. They were pushing and pushing but I

think we did what we had to do which was win

after the first game that we lost in Holland, and

we are happy today."


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