By Ashley Randall

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he wants to extend Michael Carrick’s contract by another year at Old Trafford.

The midfielder was expected to leave the club next summer after the Red Devils manager only offered him a 12-month deal following his appointment in May.

Mourinho opted against using Carrick in his first starting XI at the start of the season, reigniting rumours that the 35-year-old would be sold in January.

However, after impressing during United’s last two games against Swansea City and Arsenal, the Portuguese boss has stated he would like the player to remain at the club for one more year.

“Michael is 35 years old,” Mourinho is quoted as saying by ESPN.

“It is very sad to know that time flies for every one of us. He is such a fantastic player and it is a pity, I always loved him, but instead of being his manager when he was 25 I am his manager when he is 35.

“We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest. I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season.”

Coinciding with Carrick’s inclusion to the team has been the return to form of Paul Pogba, who is finally starting to show fans why Mourinho paid £89 million for the France international in the summer.

Ander Herrera has also impressed recently and the United manager is finally seeing what he expects from his midfield.

“The midfield is playing very well,” Mourinho said.

“Pogba, Carrick and Herrera, they are playing very well. Pogba is adapting much better in relationship to the intensity of the competition and he is much more confident.

“Obviously he plays with some guidelines over his position, but at the same time with some freedom to occupy some attacking areas where he feels and thinks he can be important. He is comfortable on the pitch. That is the best way of saying it.”

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