Manchester United has been suffering from subpar play in their midfield this season, but one player that has always been consistent is Michael Carrick.
The former Tottenham midfielder is one of the stars on the squad, and he’s a key member on both the team and the England squad. So with his contract set to end at the end of the year, United made a great move agreeing to a new deal.
While he won’t get a raise of his annual £3.5M wage, he will now be tied to the Old Trafford outfit until the end of the 2016 season. The contract also includes a clause that can extend his tenure for another 12 months if both parties agree to that beforehand.
It’s clear that this great move was made thinking towards the future of the team. With the inconsistencies of Anderson, the subpar play of Tom Cleverley and the adjustment process Marouane Fellaini is currently going through, The Red Devils need a leader in the center of the pitch that can dictate the tempo and orchestrate the team just like Paul Scholes used to do in recent years. Ryan Giggs is simply not able to play every fixture, and Carrick is the next in line in terms of experience. The fact that he will be with the team for two more years can only benefit the team going forward.
With the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at their peaks upfront, a solid goalkeeper for years to come in David De Gea and the rumored extension of Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United needed to lock one of the most important players of the squad. It’s a good step to maintain the success the Red Devils have had in recent years.