Manchester United face wait for star to sign contract

Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

Manchester United are hopeful of getting Michael Carrick to sign a new deal at Old Trafford as soon as possible, in order to avoid a crisis for manager David Moyes, reports the Daily Mirror.

Carrick has proven himself to be one of United’s most consistent and crucial players over the past couple of seasons, but has just one year remaining on his current deal and would be able to walk away from Old Trafford for nothing next summer.

Carrick is set to turn 33 before the start of the 2014/2015 season, which is proving something of an obstacle for United, who have a policy of offering ‘senior’ players no more than a one-year extension.

However Carrick will feel he deserves a longer deal after a string of excellent performances in the heart of Manchester United’s midfield.

A one-year-extension with a guaranteed second year should Carrick meet specific playing targets is emerging as the likeliest outcome at present, with United hoping to sort it sooner rather than later.

Moyes is desperate to keep hold of the England international, and the pressure is on chief executive Ed Woodward to ensure the deal is completed.

United surprised supporters over the summer by signing winger Nani up to a new five-year-contract, which they insisted prevented the club from losing the Portugese international on a free transfer.

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