Michael Carrick Wants to Sign New Manchester United Contract

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Michael Carrick of Manchester United celebrates victory and winning the Premier League title after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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One of the more understated stars of Manchester United’s success in recent years, Michael Carrick is eager to extend his contract with the club.

As things stand, the midfielder’s deal is set to expire next summer, and his potential renewal hasn’t drawn the same amount of coverage as the likes of Wayne Rooney and Nani have in recent months.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Tottenham star said:

I'd love to carry on playing as long as possible at this club. It's a fantastic club, I've had great times here. I feel good at the moment, I've just turned 32 so I've got a bit of time yet.

Given his age, Carrick will be as encouraged as any to see the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes involved in midfield matters so far into their thirties and will presumably look to engineer something similar in the years to come.

In over 300 appearances for the Red Devils, Carrick has won five Premier League titles, one Champions League crown, a FIFA Club World Cup, one League Cup and a handful of FA Community Shields.

However, with Sir Alex Ferguson now retired, the playmaker acknowledges that things have got off to a bumpy start under David Moyes, adding, per Sky Sports:

You have periods, whether it is through seasons or through years when things don't quite go right. You just have to face it and find a way to get through it. You can't hide and go under. You have to respond. That is what we will do.

With that kind of backing, it’s difficult to see why Moyes wouldn’t be keen to hand his midfielder, arguably United’s most consistent over the last five years, the new deal he’s looking for.

According to Squawka, Carrick finished the 2012/13 Premier League campaign with a passing accuracy of 88 percent, crafting 37 scoring chances for his side and winning 70 percent of his attempted tackles.

Though midfield has been an area of some trouble for the club in recent years, Carrick has been one lynchpin that the club have been able to rely on.

At 32, the player may hold little in terms of resale value, but United have shown as much as any outfit that they’re able to squeeze the most out of a veteran and appear poised to do just that with Carrick.