Manchester United star Carrick tipped to extend contract

Manchester United are expected to ask Michael Carrick to extend his deal.

Manchester United are to ask Michael Carrick to extend his deal, report The Star.

Carrick's present contract expires in June 2015, and there is a clause within the agreement which allows the Red Devils to extend it by a further 12 months.

The paper claim the midfielder will finalise doing so in the new year, but there are no current plans to let him walk away.

The 33-year-old has not featured for United yet this season due to injury, but handed the club a boost by returning to training this week.

Of added importance is his versatility to play in defence as well as midfield, as he has done on several occasions for United, and will help them through their injury crisis.

Louis van Gaal's three-man defence will also likely make it easier for him to slot in, playing alongside two rather than one teammate in the middle at the back.

While United reinvent their midfield Carrick is likely to play a role, with no top class box-to-box star signed.

Injuries began to take hold for the first time last year, as he started only 26 games, rathe than the 43 the year previous.

Whether he is too similar to Daley Blind, is an issue for Van Gaal to consider, but wit United struggling for depth in the two positions he can play in, makes extending his deal a matter of common sense.

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