Michael Carrick signs Manchester United contract extension

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2016.

When fit, Carrick has been a vital part of Louis van Gaal’s side and the team look noticeably better with him in it.

Against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, Carrick scored Man United’s second goal on the way to a superb 3-0 victory.

The Englishman has made 376 appearances and won a number of trophies over his United career, scoring 23 goals.

Carrick originally joined United from Tottenham Hotspur after starting his career at West Ham United.

The news will delight van Gaal, who clearly has a soft spot for Carrick having made him United’s vice-captain. The Dutchman has taken a pragmatic approach to his time at United so far and the 33-year-old is the perfect player for that.

Some fans may have expected Carrick’s career to be winding down at this point but he remains as important as ever to the club. His absence from the team around Christmas coincided with some of United’s worst form of the campaign. Carrick’s possession game will be vital against Liverpool, particularly against lively players such as Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson.

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