“It was a better team performance all around. We looked well defensively and obviously we scored two goals, so it was a decent performance and a good day. We can move on to next week now.”

- Michael Carrick

12/08/2013 09:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Carrick buoyed by Shield

Carrick was also full of praise for Van Persie, who looked encouragingly sharp against the Latics and extremely high on confidence, picking up exactly where he left off last season by leading the forward line with great style and grace. And hopefully, it is only the start of things to come.

“It’s what you rely on, your strikers scoring goals. Robin did it last season and he’s started well again, so hopefully that continues. He has shown his quality. He didn’t really have many opportunities and yet he still scored two goals. He’ll be delighted with that and will be confident going into next week.”

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