Thursday 22 February 2018

Man United set to extend Old Trafford career of one of Alex Ferguson's stalwarts

Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick applauds their fans at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS
Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick applauds their fans at the end of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are in negotiations to hand veteran midfielder Michael Carrick a new one-year contract, according to widespread reports.

Carrick’s future at United was unclear at the end of last season, as his contract came to an end with a lack of clarity over whether the club would extend his stay at the club he joined from Tottenham for £18.6m in 2006.

Read more: Jose Mourinho snubs David de Gea again as goalkeeper nears summer exit

Jose Mourinho made it clear that he was keen to keep the experienced performer when he took over as United manager last summer and it has proved to be a shrewd decision, with Carrick playing a key role in their campaign after starting 30 games in all competitions.

Now the BBC are among those reporting that talks over a new deal for Carrick are ‘progressing well’, with Mourinho keen to retain the services of 35-year-old who has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during a trophy laden career with United.

With question marks over the future of David De Gea, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young heading into what looks set to be a hectic few months of transfer activity for Mourinho and United, Carrick could be one of the last players from the Alex Ferguson era at United if he continues his stay at the club for another season.

Carrick was part of the United squad that travelled to Southampton for Wednesday night’s Premier League game at St Mary’s Stadium, with Mourinho expected to name a second string team as he prepares for next week’s Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm.

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport