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Impending RVP arrival delights Carrick

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes his side will go from strength to strength, should they complete the capture of Robin van Persie from Arsenal.

Michael Carrick has described the forthcoming signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal as a "massive boost" to Manchester United.

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Van Persie, 29, is set to complete a £24 million move to Old Trafford, which could be finalised on Thursday if he passes a medical and agrees personal terms.

He will become United's biggest signing since the club record buy of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 and it means the Premier League's two top scorers last season, Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, are set to be paired in attack.

And Carrick will welcome the reigning PFA Footballer of the Year to United with open arms.

"Someone mentioned in the dressing room about Van Persie and if it goes through, it will be brilliant," Carrick said after England's 2-1 win over Italy on Wednesday. "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."

Fellow midfielder Tom Cleverley added: "Obviously he's a great player and he'll only make us stronger."

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