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Giggs backs Man Utd mate Rooney - 'Even van Nistelrooy missed penalties'

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs is of the belief that teammate Wayne Rooney will respond positively from another missed penalty.

The England striker, who scored an early winner, hit his late spot-kick in last night's 1-0 FA Cup win over West Ham United way over the crossbar but Giggs is confident he has what it takes to shrug that off and return to top form, just like an old teammate of his did.

"Players sometimes go through these types of spells," said Giggs. "Ruud van Nistelrooy missed three on the trot. Not many people remember that but I certainly do.

"The fourth one he stepped up, buried it and probably didn't miss one again.

"Wayne is our penalty taker. He will be disappointed because he is a goalscorer who wants to score goals but I am sure if we get another, he will take it."

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