Michael Carrick has extended his stay at Old Trafford until the end of 2016 as the Reds midfield heartbeat put pen to paper on a new deal today.
United's 33 year old vice captain has endured something of a stop-start season this term through injury but, when fit, he is vitally important to Louis van Gaal's team.
Carrick, in my opinion, is one of the most under-rated players out there: he rarely scores (he averages around two goals a season) and rarely dribbles or outpaces opponents but is mightily effective at winning the ball and starting attacks from deep.
Carrick's work rate, industry and range of passing was again in evidence in the 3-0 over former club Spurs on Sunday on his first start since his return from injury.
Matches in the Premier League are often frenetic and chaotic but Carrick's calmness, touch, composure and top class distribution makes him one of the first names on the team sheet when injury free.
He provided the assist, his fifth in 16 appearances this term, for Marouane Fellaini to fire the Reds ahead early on and then notched his first goal of the season to double the lead soon after.
"It's fantastic to know that I can continue my incredible journey with this great club.
"We're all incredibly focused on getting this club back where it belongs and competing with the best teams in the world.
"I am thoroughly enjoying my football and the team are progressing in the right direction under an absolutely fantastic manager and person, Louis van Gaal."
The influential midfielder has registered 376 appearances in his Reds career and scored 23 goals in nine years at Old Trafford.
He has won five Premier League titles, one League Cup, one Champions League and a Club World Cup.
Van Gaal said:
"He is for me my second captain behind Wayne Rooney and he can also read the game as a team player and makes many phases for us so that is very important.
"I am delighted that Michael has extended his contract, he is a great reader of the game and he also has a fantastic forward pass.
"He is exceptionally versatile and this has allowed me to play him in many different positions on the pitch.
"He is my vice-captain and I have been impressed by his professionalism both on and off the pitch.
"He is a great inspiration for any young player"
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