Manchester United are set to reward Michael Carrick for his excellent form by offering him a one-year contract extension.
When Carrick signed his current deal back in 2013, there was an option to extend it by a year until 2016 and reports suggest Louis van Gaal has done precisely that.
Since returning from ankle surgery, Carrick has been instrumental in United’s resurgent form that has seen the team go eight games undefeated including seven victories.
It’s absolutely no coincidence United improved after Carrick’s return and giving him a one-year contract extension would certainly be the right choice.
Playing in a deeper role, Carrick has plenty more to give United. If the team-mates alongside him in midfield are willing to chase down opposition players and squeeze the spaces, it will allow Carrick to concentrate on what he does best – timely interceptions and excellent balls forward to begin attacks.
Carrick is 33 and is certainly no spring chicken but the experienced heads at United have shown this season just how important they remain to the make-up and balance of Van Gaal’s squad.