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Manchester United secure Michael Carrick for another year?

In the dawn of Jose Mourinho’s managerial stint at Manchester United, there seem to be many departures ready to happen. There have been countless rumours surrounding the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Daley Blind, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. One of the biggest transfer sagas at United has been that of Michael Carrick, who, aged almost 35, is finishing his contract at Old Trafford at the end of this month. However, reports say that Carrick is set to sign a new contract, and according to chief executives at Perth Glory in Australia, Carrick has already signed a contract.

Glory wanted to sign the midfielder in a bid to improve Australian football as a whole, and Richard Garcia, Perth’s captain, knew Carrick early in their careers at West Ham United. The signing seemed a tad bit audacious, but Perth’s executives claimed it would have been possible if Carrick had not already agreed to an extension with United.

The news that Carrick had signed an extension has not yet been revealed, and it remains to be seen whether or not it will be. It is Carrick’s tenth year at United and a departure would be massive news, but he now seems likely to stay on for another year or two. Recently, MUTV broadcaster and former Manchester United player Paddy Crerand also claimed that Michael Carrick had signed a new deal to stay at United. Perth’s CEO Peter Filopoulos told FourFourTwo:

“It was a long shot opportunity due to Richard Garcia’s relationship with Michael.

“Perth was an option for Michael Carrick as he was going through what he was going to do in his career had he not landed a new signature with Manchester United. We understand he’s now secured an extension with Manchester United so that’s off the table.”

There has been much debate around whether or not Carrick’s performances this season warrant an extension, but one thing is for sure; United’s vice-captain maintains a firm leadership role in and outside the dressing rooms at Old Trafford. If Carrick left, United would be giving away a perfectly good player, perhaps to a rival club, which perhaps explains why he could have ended up at Perth Glory.

If true, a deal for Carrick represents the third extended contract since Mourinho joined Manchester United. Youth stars Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson both extended their contracts after very successful debuts with the first team, and the experience of a player in the mould of Carrick could prove vital in any challenge United mounts in the Premier League and Europa League next season.

Known for his passing range and skill as opposed to his physicality, Carrick could likely continue his footballing career into his 40s, and it is not impossible to think Perth Glory would have a chance to sign him next year. For now, though, United should celebrate the extension of a player who, with their FA Cup win last month, has now won everything he possibly could win.

Written by Aaron Moniz

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