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Michael Carrick: Looking forward to linking up with Robin van Persie

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Manchester United ace Michael Carrick has hailed the club's move for Arsenal's Robin van Persie.

Van Persie is expected to make the switch from Arsenal to United in the next 24 hours after the two clubs agreed a fee for the 29-year-old.

Carrick heard the news after making his England comeback in the friendly international with Italy in Berne which Roy Hodgson's side won 2-1.

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."