By Rishabh Chauhan
The Manchester United midfielder, Michael Carrick has decided to wear the Red Devil’s jersey for another year by signing a one year contract on Saturday.
The Midfielder who will turn 36 this summer was due to be out of contract at the end of the season that just concluded, but ahead of his testimonial on June 4, he has signed an extension that will keep him at Old Trafford till 2018.
“I am delighted that my journey with this great club is going to continue.” said Carrick in an interview with the club.
The Englishman had joined the Red army in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspurs under the guardianship of Sir Alex Ferguson. During his time at the club he has won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, a FIFA Club World Cup, a UEFA Champions League, six FA Community Shields and, the recently-secured UEFA Europa League trophy which will be paraded to the fans at the testimonial match..
“My focus now is looking ahead to my testimonial match next Sunday; it will be a very proud moment for me and my family, and is the perfect way to top what has already been a great season. I am thrilled that the fans will also get to see our shiny new Europa League trophy on the day.”
“Its Carrick, You Knowww!! hard to believe he is not Scholes” is the chant that the fans will be singing for him in the Theatre of Dreams as they believe that he is the “Unsung Hero” of the Red Army.
Jose Mourinho who decided to bench the former English International and pair up the likes of Fellaini and Herrera but eventually decided to let the experienced midfielder show his skills said,
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Michael over this past season. He is one of the true professionals of the game. Not only is he a great footballer, he is also a fantastic human being and a great role model to our younger members of the team. I am delighted he has extended his contract and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Michael all the best for his well-deserved testimonial match next Sunday.”
Despite playing as a deep-lying midfielder, Carrick never relied on pace, physical attributes and tackling like a typical ball-winning midfielder. Instead, his reading of the game has helped him anticipate any attacking threats from the opposition team, most of the time by covering space and making interceptions.
His distribution of the ball, creativity, and range of passing, which are among the best in comparison to other midfielders in Europe, add to his importance for the club.