Michael Carrick is soon to pen a contract extension with English champions Manchester United, according to reports in the British football media.
32-year-old England international midfielder Carrick is currently sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury, and it will be interesting to see how United cope without him for the next six weeks.
He has frequently been criticised for bringing little to United’s table, but the truth is, Carrick has been one of the most effective Red Devils in recent seasons.
He seldom puts a foot wrong when tasked with dictating the tempo of United’s play, and has an under-appreciated eye for a pass.
New United manager David Moyes was immediately won over by Carrick’s experience and dependency, and has rewarded the former West Ham and Tottenham player with 13 starts out of 15 games already this season.
Carrick’s existing deal with United is set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
But according to the Daily Mail, he will pen an extension keeping him at Old Trafford until the middle of 2016, with the option of a further season after that.
With United seemingly on a march up the Premier League table after their rocky start to the season, they will hope Carrick’s replacement in midfield- potentially Phil Jones- will step up to the plate.
Their rivals meanwhile, will hope United’s unsung midfield hero is sorely missed while he recovers from his injury.