Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that Michael Carrick deserves to be given a new contract at Old Trafford.
The 35-year-old will come to the end of his current deal in the summer after penning a year-long contract shortly after Jose Mourinho arrived as Louis van Gaal’s successor last year.
Carrick has often been praised when playing this season, but his appearances have not been as frequent as he may have liked.
In fact, he has made 19 appearances in all competitions so far, and has featured in just 11 of United’s 25 Premier League matches.
The midfielder has been a long servant for the Red Devils having joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur in an initial £14m deal in 2006.
With questions over Wayne Rooney’s future constantly circling, perhaps Mourinho is considering offloading the old guard.
Whatever the situation, Scholes believes that Carrick still has enough quality to be influential on the pitch.
While speaking to Goal.com, Scholes said:
“He’s definitely worth another year, Michael. He’s not a player who burns himself out in games, he’s more of a controlled player, he’s a fit lad but he always knows where to be on a football pitch. He’s always in the right place, he plays his position brilliantly and when he came into the team from October onwards there were something like 16, 17 or 18 games maybe where they didn’t lose.
“He had a big influence on people like Paul Pogba, he got the best out of him and Herrera. He’s just tailed off a little bit over the last couple of weeks but I still think he’s got a part to play.”