Van Persie scores as United holds on vs. Fulham

Van Persie scores as United holds on vs. Fulham

Published Aug. 25, 2012 2:39 p.m. ET

Robin van Persie scored his first goal for Manchester United in the Premier League as his side came from behind to beat Fulham 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Damien Duff had given Fulham a surprise lead in the third minute, before the Netherlands striker met Patrice Evra's cross with a neat left-footed flick into the far corner of Mark Schwarzer's goal seven minutes later.

Shinji Kagawa also scored his first for United in the 35th and Rafael Da Silva added a third with a header, giving United a 3-1 lead at half time.

Nemanja Vidic's own goal in the 64th minute started a spell of pressure by the visitors, but they were unable to find an equalizer.


Wayne Rooney went off on a stretcher in injury time with a deep gash after getting caught on the right leg by Hugo Rodallega, something that will sour the victory for Alex Ferguson.

Andre Villas-Boas came close to his first win as Tottenham manager after a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto gave Tottenham the lead at White Hart Lane before James Morrison saved a point for West Brom with a 90th minute goal.

Everton beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park, with Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic all scoring before half time.

Villa had Ciaran Clark sent off on 58 minutes before Karim El Ahmadi scored a consolation goal for the home side.

Norwich and Queens Park Rangers drew 1-1 at Carrow Road in a fixture that saw the two teams who got beaten 5-0 last weekend take each other on.

Simeon Jackson put Norwich ahead on 11 minutes but Bobby Zamora pulled his side level, converting the rebound from Djibril Cisse's saved penalty.

Federico Di Santo and Arouna Kone's second half goals secured three points for Wigan away at Southampton. Earlier Saturday, Michael Laudrup's Swansea beat West Ham 3-0 in a dominating display, thanks to goals from Angel Rangel, Michu and Danny Graham.

Chelsea hosted Newcastle in Saturday's late game.