Two weeks after taking over the reins at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho is wasting no time getting to work as he looks to reshape Louis van Gaal’s underachieving side after a disappointing season in which the club finished a fifth, missing out on Champions League qualification.
Mourinho has already tied youngsters Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to new four year contracts and has acted quickly in the transfer market to make his first signing, with Villarreal defender Eric Bailly joining on a four year deal at a speculated cost of £30million.
The former Chelsea manager has also rewarded veteran midfielder Michael Carrick with a new one year deal.
Carrick has expressed his delight at the prospect of working with Jose Mourinho, telling manutd.com: “This great club has been a part of my life for the past 10 years, so I am delighted that this incredible journey is continuing. It’s great to have the opportunity to work under José Mourinho, who has achieved so much during his managerial career.”
The 34-year-old has been at Old Trafford for a decade, having joined from Tottenham in July 2006 and made 42 appearances last season sharing the holding midfield role with Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Englishman’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of this month, and Carrick was thought to be contemplating a switch to Perth in the Australian A-League. Carrick has a close relationship with Perth captain and former colleague Richard Garcia, who was also the best man at his wedding, but has opted to remain at United, with Mourinho seeing Carrick as a useful asset.
Carrick was ready to bid farewell to Old Trafford after 10 years, with Louis van Gaal thought to be willing to let him leave, however new manager Jose Mourinho made clear his desire to keep the 34-year-old, whose experience, leadership and popularity would have represented a significant loss.
Mourinho said: “Michael has a wealth of experience from his many years at the club and that knowledge will be invaluable to me. I am really looking forward to working with him.”
Carrick has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League since joining United from Tottenham Hotspur for £18.6 million in 2006, and will be hopeful of adding to his collection under Jose Mourinho.