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Manchester United Transfer News: United Set to Give Michael Carrick New Contract

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:  Michael Carrick of Manchester United gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on December 15, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 28, 2013

Manchester United star midfielder Michael Carrick will receive an offer from his current club at the end of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to have once again been impressed with the 31-year-old this season and will hand him a one-year contract as a result.

Per Yahoo! Sports:

The England midfielder's current deal at Old Trafford expires in the summer of 2014, which Sir Alex Ferguson's side are ready to extend by a further year once this campaign is over.

Given the fact he is now 31, United will then continue to review Carrick's situation on an annual basis with his deal becoming a rolling agreement which is renewed one year at a time, similar to the situations of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs over recent years.

The midfielder would likely remain on a pay package close to the £80,000 per week that he is currently on at Old Trafford (via The Daily Mail).

And having seen the way in which Carrick has performed so far for United this season, you'd have to say that is money very well spent by the Red Devils. Both in attack and defense, Carrick has been superb this season—as statistics provided by WhoScored highlight.

Carrick currently leads the team in average passes per game (80-plus) at a very high 88 percent completion percentage for the season. He sits behind just Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie for assists this year also, and turns the ball over just once in every two games, on average.

Yet defensively, Carrick has also been thriving this season—leading the team in interceptions and ranking inside the top three for tackles also.

Which, for a midfielder who has also come to terms with a new playing partner in the middle this year in Tom Cleverley as well as other changes around him with the arrival of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, are very solid numbers indeed.

 

Michael Carrick vs. other Premier League midfielders
Player Avg. pass Comp. % Tackles Int.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) 82.5 89.3% 1.1 0.9
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) 67.4 86.7% 2.4 1.3
Juan Mata (Chelsea) 53.0 85.0% 1.0 0.6
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) 56.0 87.2% 1.8  1.2 
Michael Carrick (Manchester United) 80.1  88.1%  2.1 2.1 
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) 66.0 87.0%  1.7  1.7
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) 55.2  91.2%  3.0  1.7 

 

Carrick joined Manchester United from 2006 and has made himself a household name in that time, with domestic and European glory to his name.

And if he continues to shine like he has done this season for the Red Devils, there's no reason to suggest he won't add to that collection in 2013.

 

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