Carrick feared he had played his last game for Man United as he has not heard anything from the club despite being out of contract in the summer.
The 34-year-old entered the pitch in United’s final Premier League game of the season against Bournemouth earlier this month with his children and he shared the lifting of the FA Cup with Wayne Rooney in what looked to be symbolic gestures as he prepared to leave.
Carrick is the subject of interest from the MLS and China but the club are believed to still have him in their plans. The player may still leave, but he is tempted by the prospect of working with Mourinho.
It says a lot that, at Carrick’s age, he still looked to be United’s best midfielder over the course of the season.
The veteran’s class and intelligence on the pitch means he remains a cut above the rest and, with a turbulent period of change ahead of United, it makes sense for Carrick to extend his ten-year stay at the club in order to provide an element of stability. He has been a fantastic and loyal servant, and a crucial part of one of the most successful periods in the club’s history. The hope is that he ends his career at Old Trafford.