PHOTO: Van Persie celebrates first goal of season with Di Maria, Falcao and Rooney

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie opened his account for the season with a goal against Leicester City today.

Manchester United endured a tough opening month under new boss Louis van Gaal, but the Dutchman's spending spree looked to have worked some form of magic after a thumping 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers last weekend. After bringing in Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to the tune of £150m, results were expected and that's just what they got last week.

Today they face another promoted side in Leicester City, and van Gaal made the surprise decision to drop Juan Mata in favour of Radamel Falcao, with Wayne Rooney dropping into an attacking midfield role - and early on, his decision paid dividends as Falcao set up Robin van Persie for his first goal of the season.

The Colombian raced away down the left hand side before sending in an inch perfect cross with his left foot, and van Persie ghosted in at the far post to plant his header past Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal.

It's been a long time coming for van Persie, as the Dutchman has gone without a goal through the first month of the season, and after a frustrating campaign under previous boss David Moyes, van Persie must be hoping for better this term. Last season, the former Arsenal star was restricted to just 28 appearances though he did smash 18 goals in that time.

A decent World Cup for the Netherlands under van Gaal followed, and many expected van Persie to hit the ground running this season - but it hasn't happened until today, and the instant connection between Falcao and van Persie must be a great sight for all United fans as he celebrated his first goal of the campaign with Falcao, Wayne Rooney and another new signing in Di Maria.

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