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Manchester United midfielder to be offered new one-year deal

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Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick

Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to offer Michael Carrick a one-year deal to stay on at Manchester United.

Today's Daily Mail suggests the 35-year-old midfielder is set to be offered the new contract after impressing the Portuguese manager in recent weeks, especially in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the weekend.

The Mail quotes Mourinho as saying: 'We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest.

'I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season. Michael is 35 years old. It is very sad to know that time flies for every one of us.'

'He is such a fantastic player and it is a pity instead of being his manager when he was 25 I am his manager when he is 35. I always loved him.'

The news comes a week after Carrick himself said that he feared his time at Old Trafford may be up.

"There's always a chance of that isn't there?" Carrick told Sky Sports last week.

"It is such a great club with great players, you can't take it for granted and thankfully I'm here this season and playing my part.

"Hopefully I can play more of a part in the months ahead, strive for success and try to get some sort of silverware, because winning trophies is why we are here."

Carrick has made almost 300 league appearances for United since joining the club from Tottenham 10 years ago. In that time, he has won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Champions League.

But when asked if he would like to remain at Old Trafford beyond the current campaign, Carrick said: "Yeah, but I'm 35 now and I have to be realistic.

"I'm not going to make predictions about what is going to be happening next season.

"We are not even at Christmas yet and I just want to play as many games as I can and see how I'm feeling, how the body is feeling.

"That is the biggest gauge to see if I can still do it, if I feel I can still do it and the manager feels that.

"There is a lot of things to come into the equation, so I'm not going to be making any rash judgements just yet."