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Falcao can't wait to leave his mark on Old Trafford

By Paul Hirst

Radamel Falcao hopes to bag his first Premier League goal against Leicester next weekend after drawing a blank on his Manchester United debut.

Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata brought the Old Trafford crowd to their feet on Sunday as they helped United to an easy 4-0 win over QPR.

But the biggest cheer of the afternoon was reserved for Falcao when he came off the bench in the 67th minute.

The Colombian striker, who moved to United in a dramatic deadline-day switch from Monaco, was delighted to turn out for his new club for the first time.

"It felt good to make my debut at Old Trafford," he said.

"It is an extraordinary stadium, a legendary stadium and I am happy to get the win. I will enjoy this moment."

Fifteen minutes after making his grand entrance, Falcao almost scored United's fifth.

Robert Green spilled Daley Blind's drive and Falcao raced into the box to follow-up, but the QPR goalkeeper recovered just in time to block the former Porto man's shot.

His failure to score was the only negative for Falcao, who was overwhelmed by the reception the home fans gave him on his debut.

"I want to say thank you to the fans. I enjoyed the welcome a lot. It was fantastic," he said

"I almost scored. The goalkeeper was good. I hope to score the next game."

Marcos Rojo and Blind performed strongly on their debuts while Di Maria continued to prove why he is regarded as one of the best players on the planet with another impressive display.

Falcao thinks United's six summer signings will get even better with time.

"Bit by bit we will gel together as a team and the new players will feel more comfortable," he said.

"I hope everything continues for us like it did on Sunday."

* Former Real Madrid and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has announced he has joined Mumbai City in the Indian Super League.

It had been reported that the 35-year-old, without a club since leaving West Brom following his ban for using the quenelle gesture, has agreed a short-term deal with the new ISL franchise, managed by Peter Reid. "I'm pleased to join Mumbai City FC & very exciting in joining Indian Super League," Anelka wrote on Twitter.

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