Michael Carrick and Manchester United Reportedly Agree New Contract

Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  (L-R) Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United line up with a No to Racism pennant prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on October 23, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Michael Carrick has reached an agreement over a contract extension with Manchester United, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

The England midfielder, now 32 years of age, will see out his career at Old Trafford when he makes official a new deal that ties him to the club until the summer of 2016.

Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail provides the details:

After weeks of talks between both parties an agreement is now in place, with Old Trafford chiefs hopeful of announcing the deal by the end of the week.

Carrick's extension will see the England midfielder commit his future to United for the next two-and-a-half years, with an option for an additional 12 months. …

It is understood the deal does not include a pay increase from his current £3.5million-a-year deal.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 15:  Manchester United and England footballer Michael Carrick (R) and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark watching Rory McIlroy during the second round of the 2013 DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course
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The importance of Carrick has been highlighted by the midfielder’s recent absence due to an Achilles injury.

He is expected to be out until Christmas—per Sky Sports—and, without his calming presence, United immediately look unbalanced at the heart of their team.

Phil Jones is also currently sidelined by injury, while Marouane Fellaini has been putting off necessary surgery on a wrist problem.

Even if that pair were fit, they are both destroyers rather than inventors, which adds extra importance to the contribution of Tom Cleverley—arguably United’s most classy central midfielder in Carrick’s absence.

Carrick has won five league titles and a Champions League crown during his time at Old Trafford, and his subtle control from the base of midfield has become cherished by the club’s fans.

Arguably the closest thing English football has to a Xabi Alonso type of player, Carrick collects the ball off his defenders and starts the bulk of United’s attacks.

Never the most spectacular player on the field, netting 14 league goals since he arrived at United in July 2006, per Soccerbase, Carrick is an individual who makes his other nine outfield colleagues play better.

A new contract was always expected to be agreed, but will serve as relief to David Moyes as he attempts to improve on what is surely the weakest area of his United squad.

As David Beckham lines up an MLS franchise—per Steve Busfield of the Guardian—aging Premier League players are oft-linked and, while Carrick has never been mentioned, such a lucrative move always remained a possibility while his future wasn’t protected.