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20th Mar 2015

Michael Carrick signs a new deal at Manchester United

The midfielder turns 34 in July...

Tony Cuddihy

(Some) Manchester United fans will love this piece of news.

After racking up 376 appearances for the club Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension to stay at Old Trafford until June 2016.

The England international is now 33 but his influence has only grown during an unstable time in the club’s history.

Although he has played just 17 times for United this season, Carrick was made vice-captain when Darren Fletcher left to join West Brom and provides vital cover for a young defence.

“He is my second captain behind Wayne Rooney and he can read the game as a team player,” said United boss Louis van Gaal.

“He also has an excellent pass forward, that’s very important for me.”

United travel to Anfield to play Liverpool on Sunday knowing that victory will give them a five-point advantage over their rivals.