The 34-year-old, entering his tenth year at Man United, is reportedly hugely admired by PSG coach Laurent Blanc and with United signing both Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, it seemed that Carrick’s place in the squad was up for debate.
However, Van Gaal has since hailed Carrick and the Englishman impressed on United’s pre-season tour of the USA.
The manager now has a whole host of midfield options available to him but will be delighted if Carrick has chosen to stay rather than move to France as he has been one of the Reds most important and valuable players over the past three seasons.
There has almost been a marked difference in United’s displays with and without Carrick. He was the metronome in Van Gaal’s midfield last season, who seems to hold everything together.
It is refreshing for United fans to see Carrick ready to fight for his place, even aged 34. The same can not be said about Angel di Maria, who looks like he will be playing for the Parisians next year. The Reds will be happy that they do not have to deal with a similar situation again with Carrick.
This may be Carrick’s last season as a pivotal part in United’s squad and he will look to make it a good one. After struggling with injuries slightly last year, the ex-Tottenham man could be the glue to bring together all the other aspects of United’s squad.