The deal goes against United’s general policy of offering one year contract extensions to older players as at 32, Carrick’s new deal would keep him at Old Trafford until he is nearly 35. However, his importance to our success last season cannot be underestimated and that position as a vital cog in United’s team hasn’t changed.
It is brilliant news that Carrick will likely be a United player until he retires and speaking last month, Carrick admitted he felt great and still had a lot to offer as a player.
“I’d love to carry on playing as long as possible at this club,” he said.
“It’s a fantastic club and I’ve had great times here. I feel good at the moment. I’ve just turned 32, so I’ve got a bit of time yet.”
Amid a current injury crisis with Carrick, Fellaini and Jones injured as well as Cleverley and Anderson out of sorts, this good news about Carrick is a welcome relief.
Carrick has always been such a reliable player at Old Trafford but it wasn’t really until last season where he got the plaudits he deserved for what was an unbelievably consistent and impressive season, so this new deal is richly deserved.
He may already be 32 but the careers of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs prove that age doesn’t stop a player who feels fit enough to play, so there will hopefully be a lot more of ‘It’s Carrick, you know’ sung before he does eventually hang up his boots.