Michael Carrick is set to receive another contract offer from Manchester United after impressing under Jose Mourinho this season, according to reports.
The 35-year-old, after starring during the latter stages of the 2015/16 campaign, was handed a one-year contract extension by Mourinho.
Carrick has only featured six times so far this season, but his influence has been lauded by many – especially after Man United’s 3-1 win over Swansea.
United are allegedly prepared to offer the midfielder another year at the club by triggering one of the options on his existing contract.
In an ideal world, Carrick would occupy the core of United’s midfield on a weekly basis for the next few years, carefully guiding this new-look side through their latest transition under Mourinho. The 35-year-old’s presence, as displayed this season, completely alters everything: United, so often lacking conviction and control this season, suddenly look composed, prepared and of what they need to do.
Former United keeper Peter Schmeichel has said Carrick must play for Mourinho’s side when he is fit and that he would like to see Bastian Schweinsteiger involved again — but not at the Englishman’s expense.
Carrick is running the show, Mourinho must play him whenever he's fit. Gives players like Zlatan, Pogba & Rooney more space & better options
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) November 6, 2016
Above anything, however, the veteran midfielder – through his timeless calmness and supreme intelligence at the base of midfield – allows for this United side to breathe. He is a crucial binding force in a side still struggling to fully gel into a well-drilled unit. Indeed, if Mourinho’s men formed an orchestra, Carrick would be the composer.
United fans will be desperate to see such a fundamental member of the squad extend his time at Old Trafford to 2018.