Manchester United fans are raising their glasses in the Football Transfer Tavern, following the news from Chris Myson of Goal.com that one of this seasons star performers is set to sign a new deal.
Michael Carrick is set to sign a new contract at the end of the season following a series of superb displays in the middle of the park for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
There was talk in the summer of Carrick departing Old Trafford, with a return to former clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United being mentioned, but his form this season has meant Fergie has no choice but to offer the 31-year-old a one year extension to his current deal, which is set to expire in 2014.
Given the players age, United are set to review his contract annually with the option of providing one-year extensions at the end of each season, in the same way done with Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
Sir Alex Ferguson has recently hailed the performances of his number 16, saying he thinks this season has been Carrick’s best in a red shirt.
“I think he’s been magnificent,” said the manager last week. “He’s doing absolutely brilliantly.
“It is his best-ever season at the club and he’s commanding that position.”
Carrick has made almost 300 appearances for the club since joining from Tottenham for £18 million in 2006, winning four Premier League titles, a Champions League, a League Cup and Club World Cup in that time.