December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Transfer news: Michael Carrick says Robin van Persie will make United stronger
Michael Carrick believes Robin van Persie can help Manchester United snatch back the Premier League title back from rivals City.
The Arsenal striker is expected to put pen to paper on a switch in the region of £24 million pounds – which will be the first time the Gunners have sold to the Red Devils since Viv Anderson moved north in 1987.
Carrick starred for England as they beat Italy 2-1 in friendly last night – where Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe scored the winner – and afterwards he gave his support to the transfer, which was agreed between the two clubs only hours earlier.
“If it goes through and hopefully everything does then it’s a great move,” Carrick said of the van Persie deal.
“He had a terrific season last year and he’ll just strengthen our squad even more.”
He added: “It’s a huge boost. He’s a world class player. We are all for bringing players in with that ability.
“It’s great timing with the game on Monday night [against Everton].”
Asked if the Dutchman can make the difference between runners up and Premier League champions, Carrick added: “There wasn’t much difference so hopefully we can go that step further.
“Over the years the club have always had strength and depth but it’s about the squad not just the 11 on the pitch.
“The manager has said that and has gone on record, saying that the team of ’99, with the four forwards, was one of the most exciting and probably one of his happiest times, so hopefully we can repeat something like that.