Manchester United’s faith in continuity and familiarity was once again showcased on Friday, as midfielder Michael Carrick signed a contract extension.
The England international has penned a deal until June 2015, with an option of a further year, which could take his total time playing for the Red Devils past 10 years. Not many players can say that.
Since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur for $21 million back in 2006, Carrick’s patient passing a calmness in the engine room has typified United’s dominance on the Premier League. The 32-year-old has won five PL titles, one League Cup, a FIFA World Club Cup and a UEFA Champions League trophy so far and is delighted to be extending his stay at Old Trafford.
“It is great to extend my contract at this great club,” Carrick said. “I am really enjoying my football. 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.”
Often a scapegoat for fans of United and England, Carrick goes about his job with minimal fuss and isn’t one to blow his own trumpet. The Newcastle born midfielder is one of those players that when he’s missing from the side, you realize just how good he is. Linking defense with midfield with accurate passing and always wanting to be on the ball, Carrick cleans up tidily in front of United’s back four and should never be underestimate. He does the job others don’t want to do, and does it extremely well.
At United he is highly regarded and made the 2012-13 PFA Team of the Season, was nominated for the Player of the Year award and won the Manchester United’s Players’ Player of the Year trophy last season. Safe to say, he deserves this extension.
Over the years Carrick’s been in and out of the England side as various managers have come and gone. However the United man will certainly be looking to make a late charge towards Roy Hodgson squad for Brazil 2014 and I’m sure this next contract will put his mind at ease and allow him to perform to the best of his ability. He started for England in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley in October when they sealed qualification and I’d expect to see him on the plane to Brazil.
Carrick is out injured with an Achilles injury at the moment and won’t return for another month, but when he does he’ll be slotting straight back into United’s starting lineup.