Michael Carrick Signs New Three-Year Deal at Manchester United

Pro BenchwarmerContributor IMarch 4, 2011

Carrick: Three year contract extension.
Carrick: Three year contract extension.Ian Walton/Getty Images

Michael Carrick has signed a new three-year contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

In a move that may surprise some supporters due to his poor performances of late, Carrick will stay at Old Trafford until the 2014 season at least.

Carrick has been the subject of divided opinion ever since his pricey transfer from Tottenham in July 2006.

Over the last 18 months though, his performances have seemingly gone downhill; his famed passing ability has all to often been replaced by relinquishment of the ball in front of his own penalty area.

This may be due to him approaching 30 years old—or it could be a result of the injuries he has suffered over the last few seasons.

Carrick has been dropped from the England first team, further adding to the thought he is on the decline.

Many singled him out during the 2-1 loss against Chelsea in mid-week as one of United's weak links.

This move may also suggest a change in plan for the summer. It was thought, or hoped, that when Carrick's contact ended in July, it would signal a new era for the United midfield leading Sir Alex Ferguson to bring in some new, fresh and exciting faces.

This however, does not look to be the case anymore—though with Paul Scholes teetering on retirement, that may still take place.

What do you think?

Does Carrick deserve a new three-year deal?

Will this affect United bringing in fresh faces in the summer?

Let me know your thoughts and thanks for reading.