Michael Carrick will be a part of the Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United after signing a one-year extension at Old Trafford this afternoon.
The veteran midfielder had been tipped to leave United as a free agent this summer, but has agreed to stay with a Red Devils for an 11th season.
He told the club’s website: “This great club has been a part of my life for the past 10 years, so I am delighted that this incredible journey is continuing.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to work under Jose Mourinho, who has achieved so much during his managerial career. I would like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Winning the FA Cup was a special moment and, hopefully, we can go on to win more trophies in the future.”
His new manager Mourinho added: “Michael is a very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game. I am pleased that he will be extending his contract.
“His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever. Michael has a wealth of experience from his many years at the club and that knowledge will be invaluable to me.
“I am really looking forward to working with him.”
Mourinho sounds delighted to have retained Carrick’s services, but United fans on Twitter are torn. Some are glad to have kept hold of the 34-year-old, who has won five Premier League titles with the Red Devils, but others feel that Mourinho needs some fresh blood in his midfield…
— ?Subegh Singh? (@subegh84) June 9, 2016
Great news about Carrick signing a new deal. Need some old heads around the place
— Forever Red (@Jipjap74) June 9, 2016
We’ve signed many midfielders over the years but Carrick is still our best midfielder even after all these years. What a player!
— LM (@DeGeaed) June 9, 2016
Really hope Carrick isn’t in the starting 11 for majority of the games. We need younger cms
— Jose knows best (@Hsingh44) June 9, 2016
@TuftyMUFC yeh been brilliant last 3 years! Typical United flirt with pogba sign carrick for extra year!
— David White (@knocker1981) June 9, 2016
Great that Carrick has signed a new deal. More than just his experience on the pitch, he’s a key motivator & figure in the dressing room.
— Andrew Kilduff (@TuftyMUFC) June 9, 2016
Would’ve preferred Carrick left tbh. Probs our best CM but that in itself needs to change; we need to invest in that area
— Andrew (@MUFC20GGMU) June 9, 2016
I’m made up Michael Carrick’s got another year at United. What a great player he’s been for the Reds down the years. An unsung hero indeed.
— Gary Thompson (@gary302) June 9, 2016
Should of gave Carrick the boot a while ago
— Damian (@Damian_Hall99) June 9, 2016
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