Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has signed an one-year contract extension with the club he’s called home since 2006.
Carrick spent the last stages of his youth career at West Ham United before being called up to the senior squad in 1999, and until 2004, the Englishman would make 136 appearances for the Hammers and score six goals, while also seeing short loan stints to Swindon Town and Birmingham City.
West Ham had dropped into the First Division during his final year with the side, and the side’s inability to advance back to the Premier League urged Carrick’s exit to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2004.
Two seasons later, Sir Alex Ferguson sought out Carrick in the midst of Roy Keane’s departure, and the 33-year-old never left Old Trafford, despite your standard rumor-mill speculation now and again.
Under manager Louis van Gaal, Carrick has regained the caliber of play noticed in his triumphant spells prior to the tumultuous 2013-14 season with David Moyes at the helm.
“He (Carrick) is my second captain behind Wayne Rooney and he can read the game as a team player,” said manager Louis van Gaal regarding the extension. “He also has an excellent pass forward; that’s very important for me.”
Adding to the praise of Carrick, BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage also outlined Carrick’s importance to the Red Devils’ success.
Carrick also rarely makes the headlines, but he has a calming effect on his team-mates because he is always available for them when they are in possession and helps them to flourish.
He is so composed on the ball too but the biggest reason Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal rates him so highly in that role is the way he sets the attacking tempo of the team.
Manchester United will aspire to snag a four-game winning streak in league play with a victory over Liverpool on Sunday.