Michael carrick started in United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, playing at the base of a midfield three and his impressive performances this season could earn him a contract extension at Old Trafford by Mourinho.

The Englishman struggled for the game time earlier in the season and last week also suggested that this season could be his last at Old Trafford. However, Mourinho has been impressed with Carrick’s performance and now could be offered a fresh one-year deal to stay at Manchester United.

Carrick, who had been behind Marouane Fellaini in the pecking order for much of the season, impressed in his holding role as United are yet to lose a match whenever Carrick started.

Carrick, a £18.6 million signing from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2006, had been expected to leave United next summer after being handed just a 12-month deal by Mourinho following his appointment as manager at the end of May but now the Portuguese boss is keen for Carrick to remain at the club for one more year.

“Michael is 35 years old,” Mourinho told reporters.

“It is very sad to know that time flies for every one of us. He is such a fantastic player and it is a pity, I always loved him, but instead of being his manager when he was 25 I am his manager when he is 35.

“We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest. I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season.”

Carrick’s calmness and in front of the back four is allowing Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera to prosper in a free role in the midfield. The 35-year-old himself was also splendid for the Red Devils this season, by helping to intercept the through balls, sniff out the danger early and start attacks as well. And if Mourinho can use this veteran properly with proper rest and game time then United can develop a solid midfield capable of thriving in the Premier League.

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