AUTHOR: – Doron
There’s been lots of speculation this season about who might leave and who might come in but one man staying is Michael Carrick…
Michael Carrick has signed a new three year deal with the club. He remains a Red until at least 2014.
Speaking to manutd.com Sir Alex Ferguson has said:
“I am delighted Michael has signed a new contract. He has been outstanding since joining us from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, he is a true professional and it’s great he has committed his future to the club”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at this great club. There is fantastic team spirit within the squad and I’m pleased to have committed my future to United. We are in a very good position at the moment and I am confident this team will be successful for many years to come”
Since signing in the summer of 2006 Carrick has played 218 games for the Reds scoring 17 goals – he’s yet to score this season though. This blog has backed Carrick this season and highlighted how key he has been in a changed role – something he often doesn’t get credit for.
Just why has Carrick been important this year? Seán O’Sullivan has been providing some stats on Carrick’s season on Twitter:
– In Michael Carrick’s 15 Premier League starts this year, United have conceded 10 goals. Of the 13 games he didn’t start, United have conceded 15 goals.
– In 4 out of his 5 Champions League group stage starts this season, Michael Carrick covered more distance than any other United player.
– Carrick has completed 830 out of 959 attempted passes this season for United – a success rate of 86.5%. This success rate is highest of the season for a Premier League midfielder starting over 50% of his club’s games. Scholesy highest otherwise.
– Carrick has the most amount of interceptions for a midfielder in the Premier League, averaging 4.38 a game (Anderson 1.9, Scholes 1.82, Fletch 1.54).
AUTHOR: – Doron