Carrick on ‘huge boost’ of Van Persie signing

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has spoken out about the club signing Robin Van Persie.

A fee between United and Arsenal was agreed last night – one that could rise to £24m – and Carrick admits it is a boost to everyone at Old Trafford.

With Van Persie likely to form a deadly partnership with Wayne Rooney, Premier League defences will certainly be worried.

Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez make up a group of strikers that Carrick believes could bring United plenty of success.

Speaking after representing England against Italy, the 31-year-old said: “If it goes through then it’s great news. We welcome him, he had a terrific season last year. He’ll just strengthen our squad even more.”

“The manager has gone on record as saying that the team in ’99, because of the four forwards they had, was one of the most exciting and one of his happiest times. So hopefully we can repeat something like that.”

“It’s a huge boost. He’s a terrific world class player and it’s great to bring in players of that ability and give everyone a boost.”

Van Persie scored 44 goals in all competitions last year and if he can replicate this for Manchester United, it will be money well spent by Sir Alex Ferguson.

What the Red Devils need to hope for is that he passes his medical without a problem and manages to have an injury free season.

Should be manage to do this, United should be challenging for major honours once again, both domestically and in Europe.

Another man having a say on Van Persie making the move to Manchester is Harry Redknapp.

The former Tottenham boss believes it is a tremendous signing for United, one that could make the difference when it comes to what should be a very close title race.

He said: “I could see Manchester United winning the league next year, now they’ve got Van Persie.”

“If he performs like he did last year then him and Rooney will just be an incredible partnership.”

“He’s a special player and he’s a fantastic signing for Manchester United.”

Van Persie has now arrived back in London after international duty and it is thought he will arrive for his medical at Manchester United later today.

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