Van Persie, who got rewarded with a standing ovation at Old Trafford, was glad to return the favour with a great goal at the tenth minute when United took on Fulham this Saturday.
The Dutchman scored a beautiful goal to equalize to 1-1 when Damien Duff had already scored the first goal of the match. The match ended with five goals being scored, three by United and two by Fulham, with one being an own goal by Vidic.
For Van Persie, it was a ‘different’ experience and it was an afternoon to savour. He told MUTV, “I think I’ll always look back on this game; that we won on my home debut and that I scored a good goal.
“It was different, of course. I came here a couple of times before but I always liked this stadium, the size of it. The pitch is big, the pitch is always nice. Now I’m a United player, everyone knows that and I’m looking forward to this challenge. The fans have been brilliant today, supporting us and they gave me a very warm welcome, so I’m very pleased.
“It was a bit nervy, but we held on and the main thing was that we got the points today, so that’s out of the way and it was a good day in the end, a good three points.”
Even though his goal showed his sublime technical skill, he was modest and said the goal was as a result of luck.
“I think I could only do one thing there because it came with a little bit of a bounce,” he said, “and so I had to time it well. Sometimes you’re lucky and I was today, luckily enough.”
“Training sessions have been very good and with all the guys it’s a process,” he said. “I have to get used to them, they have to get used to me, because I’ve still only been here a week. We have all the time in the world. I don’t want to rush into things.
“I’m not one hundred percent match fit, it’s my first game of the whole pre-season in over a month so I have to get fitter and fitter. I’ll get fitter by playing games, basically, so I still need a couple of weeks before I’m fully match fit.”
Compiled by Rida Mehtab.