Manchester United Football Club are still trying to find their identity under Jose Mourinho, with the self-proclaimed Special One still trying to implement his own tactics and ideas onto the players at Old Trafford. One man who fits the mould down to a tee is Michael Carrick.
The midfield maestro hasn’t featured all that often, but when he does play, he seems to make the rest of the players wearing red tick. The way he protects the back four is an absolute joy to watch, and his incisive, defence-splitting passes get United moving in the right direction.
However, the man from up North has been speaking to the media, and hints that this term could well be his last one playing for the Red Devils.
“There’s always a chance of that isn’t there?” said Carrick. “Yeah, I would like to stay but I am 35 now and I have to be realistic.”
“It is such a great club with great players, you can’t take it for granted. Thankfully, I am here this season and playing my part.”
“I am not going to make predictions about what is going to be happening next season.”
“We are not even at Christmas yet and I just want to play as many games as I can and see how I am feeling, how the body is feeling.”
“That is the biggest gauge to see if I can still do it and the manager still feels that I can.”
“There is a lot of things to come into the equation, so I’m not going to be making any rash judgements just yet.”
At the end of the day, Jose made the decision to keep him on for another year, and what an excellent bit of business that turned out to be. He does have to be realistic though, and Carrick isn’t someone he can now build a team around purely down to his age.
Would it be wise to completely rule out Carrick staying on for another year? Not really, because there is still over six months left in the current season. Personally, I wouldn’t be wholly surprised if Jose decides to keep him around purely due to his experience, because that is absolutely vital in any team wanting to challenge for silverware.