Five potential Carrick successors for Man United

According to reports from The Sun, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick could be offered a new one-year contract come the end of the season, however, he will have to take a pay-cut to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

It is understood that the influential midfielder – who is now in his eleventh season with the Red Devils – makes somewhere in the region of £130,000-per-week, but will have to almost halve his wages to around £70,000-a-week if he is to remain with the club.

Man United have offered similar deals to a number of the former stars at the latter stages of their careers in the past, including Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, and now at 35-years-of-age, it appears Carrick is to receive the same treatment.

While the Englishman still gets game time under Jose Mourinho, he is no longer a certain name on the team-sheet, as he was a few seasons ago. However, a player of his quality and experience is invaluable, hence the club will not be keen to let him slip through their fingers easily.

Keeping him is one thing and is a short term solution, but finding themselves a successor to a man who has been at the heart of their midfield for the past decade is the real goal.

Could one of these FIVE be the answer? Perhaps…