Manchester United have reportedly offered a new one-year contract worth £125,000-a-week to Michael Carrick.
Despite the summer signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, Carrick still remains a key member of United squad this term. But that has not stopped the 34-year-old midfielder to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford at the end of this season, as both LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls showed interest.
The former West Ham and Tottenham star will be out of contract at the end of this campaign and might decide to leave the Old Trafford on a free transfer.
However according to a report from Football Insider, Louis van Gaal has advised chief executive Ed Woodward that United should hand their second longest-serving player a new contract.
Carrick has made so far 23 appearances for the Red Devils this season, starting 16 matches. He returned to United’s starting eleven for the 3-0 victory against Stoke on Tuesday after missing out four games with an injury.
As soon as he made his long anticipated return to the starting line-up, he certainly had a profound effect on United’s play. While Schweinsteiger has been used to retain possession and wait patiently for an opening, van Gaal’s this squad do not have the attackers or make enough movement to play like that. Carrick, on the other hand, always wants to start attacks with his first pass. The difference he creates is stark.
Of the 12 league matches Carrick started this term, Manchester United have won seven, which gives them a win rate of 58.3 per cent, the same success rate that current Premier League leaders Leicester have maintained throughout the season. Whereas of the 12 games Carrick didn’t start, the Red Devils have won just 4.
The display in the impressive home win against Stoke was of the exact one which supporters have been crying out for a long time and it is not at all a coincidence that Carrick was present for the performance. Goalless draws have also rightly described their dismal season, but all the five dullest stalemates have come when Carrick is out of the team. Ironically, not a single match of his 12 starts have ended scoreless.