Manchester United are set to offer Michael Carrick a one-year extension on his current contract.
The 35-year-old English midfielder has been at the club for nearly a decade and is a massive fan favourite at Old Trafford. Despite being in and out of the side since Mourinho‘s arrival, the former Spurs midfielder has impressed the Portuguese manager.
Mourinho confirmed that he has always loved Carrick as a player, and dropped a strong hint that he will hold on to the player for another season:
We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest. I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season. Michael is 35 years old. It is very sad to know that time flies for every one of us. He is such a fantastic player and it is a pity instead of being his manager when he was 25 I am his manager when he is 35. I always loved him.
It will be interesting to see if Carrick agrees to sign the deal, especially because of the limited playing time. However, judging by Mourinho’s comments, one can assume that an agreement is really close, if not sealed.
Carrick was impressive against Arsenal during the weekend, and certainly has the quality to influence games, even now. Apart from Pogba and Herrera, no other Manchester United midfielder has managed to impress so far, and Carrick might be able to force his way into Mourinho’s plans if he can maintain his performance against Arsenal.
Furthermore, his experience and winning attitude will also be a major boost for Mourinho and the Manchester United dressing room.