Michael Carrick has agreed a new one-year contract to stay at Manchester United, according to former midfielder Paddy Crerand. The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of June but he has been handed an extension less than a week after the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the club's new manager.
During 10 years of service at Old Trafford, Carrick has won 14 major honours including five Premier League titles since joining from Tottenham Hotspur. The England international's influence has regressed in recent years but he still made 22 appearances under Louis van Gaal last term.
Crerand was speaking on the club's television channel MUTV when he seemingly let slip that Carrick was due to stay at United for another year. The 77-year-old, part of the European Cup winning team of 1968 under Sir Matt Busby, says a decision to retain Carrick has been taken ahead of the new campaign.
"Something that happened today that nobody has mentioned, and I'm delighted that he has signed another contract, Michael Carrick," he told United's official broadcaster, according to Sky Sports. "He's signed a contract for another year. There was a situation where it looked as if his contract was up at the end of this year and that was it, but from what I'm gathering he's there for another year."
Though the news has not yet been confirmed by the club, Carrick would become the third player in less than a week to commit their future to United since the arrival of Mourinho. Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson penned fresh terms on Monday [30 May] – the first significant acts to have taken place since Mourinho was handed the reigns with the 20-time league champions.
Speaking prior to the revelation, Carrick was keen to win a new deal under Mourinho who he expects to embark on a root and branch review of the United squad. "There is going to be change, without doubt. He is coming in and he is his own man, he's got an unbelievable track record and obviously everyone is looking for quick results and that's how it is," he told Sky Sports.
"I think his track record speaks for itself, I think it is a good fit. It is about winning at the end of the day. I know there is a lot of talk about styles – play this way, play that way, but it is about winning.
"You have to be number one, you have to be winning trophies, and if you can do that with a bit of style and a bit of flair then obviously that's the perfect match but, first and foremost, it is about winning and getting back on top."