The 35-year-old, who signed a one-year contract extension over the summer, has been an integral part of Jose Mourinho‘s side this season, making 18 appearances in all competitions.
His future at Old Trafford, however, appears somewhat murky: Carrick himself has insisted he is relaxed over his future; reports have suggested that the club are keen on once again extending his contract; and Mourinho has noted that, for all his brilliance, his days at the top are numbered.
And according to the Times‘ Paul Hirst, the club will hold talks with the Englishman over his future following the League Cup final on February 26th.
Carrick’s value in this current squad is unquestionable: he has made ten Premier League starts this season and hasn’t lost once. His almost visibly simple style at the base of midfield is nothing short of mesmerising; every pass, turn or interception appears superficially basic, but his overall approach essentially dictates how Mourinho’s men player.
However, reports of Mourinho’s desire to secure the services of Monaco midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko serve as a possible indicator of this being Carrick’s last season at Old Trafford.