Carrick to sign new two-year contract: good or bad move by United?

Michael Carrick 2012

The England international is reportedly ready to extend his stay at Old Trafford, but is it a smart move by the Premier League champions?

Manchester United have a number of ageing players with contracts expiring next summer, with David Moyes having a decision to make regarding their futures.

The old guard, such as Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick, are yet to have their roles at the club determined for the 2014-15 campaign.

A report in The Guardian is stating that Carrick looks likely to extend his stay with the Red Devils, with a two-year extension in the offing.

United usually only offer one additional year to players over the age of 30, but it is believed that Moyes is ready to make an exception in the case of the England international.

However, with United in transition and younger players starting to make their case to become the side’s key stars, is extending Carrick’s current deal a good move?

The former Tottenham midfield turned 32 in the summer, but has been a critical part of the United midfield for a number of years now.

The work that he does in front of his back four went slightly unnoticed following his £16 million move from Spurs back in 2006, but in recent times Carrick has been recognised as one of United’s most consistent players.

Given Moyes’ current options in central midfield, there is no doubt that Carrick is likely to play regularly and is the most technically gifted of the players capable of playing in the United boiler room.

His range of passing and vision have become a key part of the United possession game, and the deep-lying playmaker’s ability has made up for the lack of a crafty attacking central midfield.

Although United’s attempts to sign a designated midfield playmaker were unsuccessful in the summer, the Premier League champions should look to bring in a playmaker over the next two transfer windows.

A new driving force in the United midfield is needed, and it is likely that one will be added at considerable expense.

Despite this, with Giggs likely to retire at the end of the campaign, Anderson out of form and favour, Darren Fletcher still struggling with illness, Marouane Fellaini failing to win over the crowd and Tom Cleverley’s stock dropped, Carrick still seemingly has a significant role to play in the United set-up.

However, despite his contract extension being a clever move by the Old Trafford outfit, Moyes must look to the future and add younger players of quality that can start to take responsibility away from Carrick over the next 12 months.

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