Michael Owen questions Wayne Rooney over Man United penalties
The former Manchester United striker was surprised Wayne Rooney didn't take Thursday night's penalties in a 4-1 win over Fenerbahce
Michael Owen has expressed his bemusement that Wayne Rooney relinquished penalty duty during Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Fenerbahce on Thursday night.
The Red Devils were awarded a 31st-minute penalty after Fenerbahce defender Simon Kjaer brought down Juan Mata in the penalty area.
United’s world-record signing Paul Pogba dispatched the spot-kick despite the club’s regular penalty taker Rooney being on the pitch.
The hosts were awarded another chance to score from the spot after Anthony Martial was fouled just three minutes later following Mata’s superb pass.
And the France striker stepped up and swept home his penalty kick to give United a comfortable 2-0 lead before further goals from Pogba and Jesse Lingard.
Rooney hasn’t scored a goal since United’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in their opening Premier League game of the 2016-17 season.
And former United striker Owen admitted that he was surprised Rooney gave up the chance to become the club’s record goal-scorer in Europe.
“It’s hard to explain. If you’re a goal-scorer, you live and breathe scoring goals. Certainly with Wayne Rooney’s situation at the moment, I thought he’d be pulling rank,” Owen told BT Sport on Thursday night.
“Wayne Rooney can still have a massive impact on this team. He needs to get back to form. It’s provided help for the team. He’s not confident at the minute.”
The Red Devils make the trip to Mourinho’s former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.