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Carrick: Van Persie signing brilliant for Man Utd

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has welcomed their capture of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie. Van Persie will have a medical at United today.

Carrick, who was on duty with England on Wednesday, was first to comment on the deal.

He said: "Someone mentioned in the dressing room about Van Persie and if it goes through, it will be brilliant. He had a terrific season and he will further strengthen our squad. It is a great boost going into the new season.

"He is a world class player and we have always been about bringing in players of that ability.

"Can it make the difference between second and first? There wasn't much difference so hopefully we can go that step further! But the club has always had strength in depth and it is about the squad and not the 11 on the pitch."

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