Michael Carrick must take a pay cut at Manchester United if he is to extend his stay at the club into a 12th year.
The 36-year-old joined United in 2006 but his contract is due to expire at the end of this season.
He was used sparingly by Jose Mourinho at the start of the campaign but has been one of United’s key players since he started his first Premier League game of the season on November 6.
United are unbeaten in the 11 top-flight games Carrick has featured in this campaign, winning seven and drawing four.
The Sun say Carrick currently rakes in £130,000-a-week but United are only willing to offer him a one-year contract extension if he accepts reduced £70,000-a-week terms.
The veteran midfielder currently averages 14.1 passes to the Reds record signing Paul Pogba for every 90 minutes they have been on the pitch together so far in this Premier League season. Ander Herrera is a good user of the ball but even he has only passed to Pogba 10.2 times per 90 minutes.
The France international is a player who likes to try things when he gets the ball at his feet. In fact, he has lost possession far more times than any other United player this season.
He is one of only nine players in the Premier League to relinquish possession more than 400 times. However, he is also United’s most creative presence on the pitch. Keep giving him the opportunities and eventually he can be expected to come up with the answer.
This is what Carrick does. It is telling that Pogba has been directly involved in more goals in the 821 minutes that he has spent on the pitch alongside Carrick than he has in the 1158 minutes that he has operated without the benefit of his prompting from deep.
Carrick is still key to the 20-time English champions.