Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer midfielder Michael Carrick a new one year contract extension to stay at Old Trafford. Carrick, a Champions league winner with Manchester United, has found game time hard to come so far this season under Jose Mourinho but started in three of United’s last four games.
The 35-year-old who reportedly earns £80,000-A-Week only recently signed a new contract over the summer with the club but now looks set to be offered a new contract to stay at United after impressing Mourinho in recent weeks.
The centre of midfield has remained an area of the pitch which the new United boss has yet to fully address at Old Trafford. The arrival of Paul Pogba from Juventus over the summer went some way to fixing matters but there remains a much bigger problem alongside the Frenchman at the heart of United’s midfield and in Carrick he remains the perfect answer to solve Mourinho’s midfield woes.
Despite now at the age of thirty five Carrick remains one of if not the finest midfielder in the Premier League. His ability to split defences wide open with his pinpoint passing combined with his excellent reading of the games makes Carrick a real assets for Mourinho at the club and is one who will undoubtedly become one of the first names on the Portuguese’s team sheet as the season wears on.
With Carrick on the pitch United are a complete different animal. Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini are all capable of coming in and doing a job for the side but they do not possess the same quality which Carrick does. When on the ball Carrick’s first instinct is to always move the ball forward. He does not look side wards nor does he look backwards he moves the ball on forward and that is essential if United are to create goal scoring opportunities further up the pitch and should he decide to extend his contract at Old Trafford he could play a key role in Jose Mourinho’s bid to take Manchester United back to the top over the next few years.