Monday 26 September 2016

Michael Carrick in the dark over his Old Trafford future

Jason Burt

Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30

Carrick captained United at the Etihad Stadium and produced an impressive performance to help keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Photo: Getty
Carrick captained United at the Etihad Stadium and produced an impressive performance to help keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Photo: Getty

Michael Carrick has admitted his future at Manchester United is in doubt after 10 years with the club.

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The England midfielder, 34, hopes to resolve his future soon but said that he was uncertain whether the club would offer a new deal.

"I am not sure yet to be honest, no," Carrick said. "I haven't heard anything just at the moment. Hopefully (I will) some time soon."

Carrick indicated that he would hope to continue playing if he had to leave Old Trafford.

"I have been here a long time, I have had some great times here and I love the club," he said after the 1-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday. "It's a great place to play. Playing games like today, it keeps you having that buzz and enthusiasm to play for longer, so we will wait and see what happens."

Carrick captained United at the Etihad Stadium and produced an impressive performance to help keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

"It was a must-win for the league and if we had lost then it would have been a disaster in terms of going into the international break and coming back after that a long way off (fourth place) so it has been a great day," he said.

The midfielder, who will not be part of the England squad for the friendlies against Germany and Holland, said he hoped the win over City could "turn things around" for United after a hugely disappointing season.

"Sometimes, it's tough to explain," he said. "It has been a funny season. It has been frustrating because we know we have got performances in us, and against the so-called bigger teams, our form has been very good. You can take positives from that but, at the same time, it's not enough.

"Consistency is the key to winning the league and doing well in it. That's what we need to get better at," Carrick added.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is understood to be keen to bring in Atletico Madrid's sporting director, Andrea Berta, if he becomes United manager at the end of the season.

The Italian has been a key figure in Atletico's rise under coach Diego Simeone and has a good working relationship with Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes.

Mourinho has pushed to secure an agreement with United should Louis van Gaal depart, but despite reports in Spain over the weekend, it is understood he has not signed a formal pre-contract.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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