Louis van Gaal delighted with new MIchael Carrick deal

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expressed his joy on Friday afternoon when it was announced Michael Carrick had signed a new one-year contract at the club.

The 33-year-old’s contract was set to expire this summer but given his form this season, there was no danger of him being allowed to leave this summer given his importance to Van Gaal.

The experienced midfielder picked up an injury in the summer which kept him out for three months but United won six games in a row when Carrick came back into the starting eleven in November.

Another injury kept him out for the early parts of 2015, but once again his return sparked an upturn in form, United beat his former club Tottenham 3-0 last week, with Carrick assisting the first and scoring the second on his first start for almost two months.

And Van Gaal said on Friday he was ‘delighted’ to see Carrick stay at the club for another season:

“I am delighted that Michael has extended his contract. Michael is a great reader of the game and his exceptional versatility has enabled me to play him in different positions on the pitch. He is my vice-captain and I have been impressed by his professionalism both on and off the pitch. He is a great inspiration for any young player,” said the manager.

Carrick was one of many who struggled for form during David Moyes’s ten months in charge, Carrick was a particularly disappointment given his superb form one year earlier during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge.

Carrick was United’s sole summer signing in 2006 and the new contract will take him to ten years at the club and the possibility of a much deserved testimonial when he retires.

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