Manchester United’s attack is scary with Van Persie, Rooney and Falcao, says Carrick

The midfielder believes the form of United’s three strikers are key to the team’s momentum and insists Van Persie was not negatively affected by Louis van Gaal’s criticism

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United’s trio of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao will frighten any defence in the Premier League.

Louis van Gaal’s side are on a run of three straight wins, while Rooney and Van Persie both struck in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at home to Hull City.

Van Persie was singled out for criticism by Van Gaal for his performance in the 2-1 win over Arsenal, but Carrick insists the Dutchman was not affected.

“Robin wasn’t low. Not at all,” said Carrick.

“Players get criticised, we all get criticised at certain times and it’s something you have to deal with. The best way to answer it is the way he did it against Hull.

“Strikers go through a spell and sometimes they just want a scrappy goal and are off and running again. But Robin scored a great goal and hopefully that will be the start of a good run over the weeks to come.

“When you have got him scoring and Wayne scoring and Falcao coming off the bench and nearly scoring we’ll be a threat to anyone. You want those boys when they’re flying and it’s scary to play against.

“What Robin and Wayne did against Hull, we’ve seen that happen so often in the past and hopefully we’ll see that in the coming weeks again.

“When you’ve got those lads scoring goals and creating chances it gives the whole team huge confidence and belief that, even if we’re not playing great, we’re always in the game and that’s the case.”

United face Stoke on Tuesday evening and a win for Van Gaal’s men would put them a point behind third-placed Southampton, who travel to Arsenal on Wednesday night.

“We believe we can have a really good season. It’s been a strange start in many ways,” said the midfielder.

“Hopefully we can get the injured lads back fit. When you can bring the likes of Radamel Falcao and Ander Herrera on in matches like Saturday it does give you confidence.

“Ander came on very early and did so well. It’s not easy coming on so early in the first half and he’s not played a lot of football in recent weeks but he came on and looked terrific.

“That’s the beauty of having this strength. You have players to choose from, despite the injuries.

“Falcao coming on at the end, he was unlucky not to get his goal at the end but he’s played for us. Angel Di Maria is world-class and to lose him was a bit of a blow but when you have got players like that to step in off the bench it helps a lot.”

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