Robin Van Persie Manchester United
Louis Van Gaal failed to convert a penalty against West Brom on SaturdayReuters

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that Robin van Persie has been relieved of his penalty-taking duties after he failed to convert a spot kick during the Red Devils 0-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

The Red Devils went behind on Saturday after David de Gea was unable to keep out Chris Brunt's deflected free-kick in the 63rd minute.

Van Persie had a very good chance to level the scores after United were awarded a penalty in the 74th minute after Saido Berahino was penalised by Anthony Taylor for handling the ball inside the box.

But the Dutchman's effort was saved by Boaz Myhill, and United ended up recording their third successive Premier League defeat against West Brom.

Van Persie was allowed to take this spot-kick as van Gaal had earlier relieved Wayne Rooney of his penalty-taking duties following the England striker's miss against Liverpool.

And now the former Barcelona boss says the Dutch striker will also be getting the same treatment as Rooney.

"No, he is now at the end of the road," said the Dutchman, when asked whether Van Persie would continue taking penalties for United, according to Sky Sports. "It is always (like that). Wayne has missed also so when you miss you are at the bottom again."

Meanwhile, Van Gaal insists that he is not God and he cannot simply put an end to his side's current run of poor results.

"I have said that in advance also, you think that I am God but it's not like that," the Dutch said, according to Goal. "What is happening is happening always because when your team is playing better, they should defend more."

"Also Everton at home had a very defensive organisation, and Chelsea at home also, they come here like that and you can expect it but also in our away matches they are defending."

"We have to disorganise that organisation but that is the next step in the process. We have more time on the ball, they have more time to break, we need to play with higher ball speed and that is difficult, to do that against so many bodies in front of you."

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