Video: Man Utd’s Michael Carrick sings Robin van Persie’s praises

Michael Carrick heaps praise on Manchester United new-boy Robin van Persie after striker's impressive start to the season

The Sport Review staff

Michael Carrick has heaped praise on Robin van Persie after the striker got Manchester United out of trouble at Southampton last weekend.

The Dutchman, who joined the Red Devils from Arsenal in a £24m deal last month, struck a superb hat-trick and even had the luxury of missing a penalty as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men triumphed 3-2 at St Mary’s on Sunday.

Carrick has been thoroughly impressed by the striker’s instant impact at Old Trafford after netting four goals in his first three league games and admits his start to life in Manchester probably exceeded his expectations.

“To get off the mark like he did at home with his first touch of the ball was pretty special,” said Carrick. “And obviously his hat-trick was much needed because we were in a tough position.

“I’m sure it’s a better start than he could have hoped for and he’ll be looking got carry it on.

“Whoever the manager calls upon, we can look dangerous. Robin’s had a great start and hopefully he’s got a few more of those hat-tricks and goals in him this season.

“World-class players, they’ve got that presence. For instance, when the ball came to him for his first goal, you’re so confident it’s going to be a goal.

“To have someone like that in your team is satisfying because you know if you can supply him with the right ammunition then more often than not he’ll put it away.”

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