Manchester United have managed to extend the contract of midfielder Michael Carrick by two more years along with the option of 12 months. The former Tottenham star was going to the end of his contract in a few months time.
However, there was no urgency on the part of the club because he has revealed on several occasions that he would stay at United. Carrick has been an important part of the United team over the last few years, but his stature has grown after the retirement of Paul Scholes.
United have very few players capable of replicating the result of by Carrick in the middle of the park. He rarely gives the ball away and is largely responsible for building the attacks. Since joining the club in an £ 18 million deal in 2006 from Tottenham, Carrick has won numerous titles with United.
This even includes the Champions league title along with two other appearances in the final of the competition. There has also been the Premier league and League cup titles as well. The midfielder recently suffered an Achilles injury, which may well keep him out of action until the end of the year.
"It's great to extend my contract at this club. I'm really enjoying my football. I've won many trophies and look forward to more. The club has gone through a few changes and working under David Moyes has been fantastic. I have won many trophies in my years playing here and I am looking forward to achieving more in the future,” Carrick told the Unibet website.
"I am delighted Michael has extended his contract. During my short time at the club it hasn’t been hard to notice that Michael is a great reader of the game and has excellent passing ability," said Moyes.
In the absence of Carrick, Moyes may decide to field Ryan Giggs in the middle of the park. Giggs recently turned 40 years of age.