Manchester United are reportedly set to offer midfielder Michael Carrick a new contract to keep him at Old Trafford.
Carrick has found game time hard to come by under Mourinho so far this season but has started in each of United’s last two league fixtures.
The midfielder’s current contract at United expires at the end of the season but it is understood that Mourinho is ready to offer Carrick a new one year deal keeping him at the club until 2018. According to reports, he is currently on a £80,000 a week wage package but with the new contract, it is expected that he will get an increase on his pay.
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 the midfielder a real unique asset for Mourinho to have 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 forward up the field and that is essential if United are to create goal scoring opportunities further up the pitch. Aside his creative side, Carrick is also reliable when it comes to breaking opposition’s attacking play. His reintroduction back to the first XI seems to have helped bring out the best in Paul Pogba, a situation Mourinho will find ideal.
It may be ten years on since Michael Carrick joined United from Tottenham Hotspur but he remains the clubs best central midfielder. A new contract will give him the assurance that his future is secured which will in turn enable him concentrate on helping Manchester United fight for honours on all fronts this season.