Robin van Persie's bit part gives him a taste of task ahead at United | Jamie Jackson


Dutchman's debut ends in anti-climax at Everton but Manchester United have reasons for optimismOne question was, could they play together? Related to this was the next one: how afraid would defences across the land be after watching Everton try to repel Wayne Rooney in tandem with Robin van Persie, who only signed on at Old Trafford last Friday.When the team sheet dropped, Manchester United supporters and all football aficionados knew they would have to wait a little longer. Until the 68th minute, to be precise. Van Persie would enter in the second half for a 22-minute cameo too short to offer any definitive answers to the above, especially as United were chasing the game.In this spell the Dutchman's first touch in United's new gingham shirt would be a corner and another notable offering would a ball he played in that Shinji Kagawa might ...

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