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Manchester United: Welcome to Manchester United, Robin Van Persie

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on August 25, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IAugust 26, 2012

It took all of 10 minutes for Robin van Persie to officially write himself into the story of this season’s campaign for Manchester United.

Down 1-0 after Damien Duff surprised the Red Devils with a third-minute goal after receiving a low cross from Bryan Ruiz, the home squad came back in an Old Trafford thriller.

In the 10th minute, van Persie had other ideas. The cross came into him, slightly off the ground. The Dutch national stepped right into the strike, a first-time half-volley that scorched the back of the net leaving Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer bewildered. From 12 yards away, Robin van Persie had scored a cracker of a first goal for Manchester United.

The rest of the game went in United’s favor, with a 3-2 win coming from a simple goal from Shinji Kagawa after a Schwarzer save in the 35th minute, as Rafael put in a lofted cross in the 41st.

Although the Wayne Rooney injury usurps the headlines from a win against Fulham for the Red Devils, it was incredible to see Robin van Persie score a goal for the Red Devils.

While the former Arsenal star will be forced to rise to the occasion in Rooney’s absence, the sheer talent behind the strike only hints at the greatness to come.

Despite United’s apparent defensive woes that have contributed to a 1-0-1 record to start off the season, van Persie helps lead a talented offensive attack that quickly put the poor offensive performance at Everton behind them with yesterday’s performance.

With a monstrous goal under his belt, we proudly welcome Robin van Persie to Manchester United.

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