Carrick extends United stay
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Michael Carrick has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2014.

Although Carrick has not enjoyed the best of seasons, he has improved in recent games, and with Sir Alex Ferguson beginning the process of reshaping his squad he was keen to keep the 29-year-old who joined from Tottenham on a big-money move in 2006.

"I am thoroughly enjoying my time at this great club," said Carrick. "There is a fantastic team spirit within the squad and I am pleased to have committed my future to United."

The news came barely 20 minutes after Sir Alex Ferguson was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following comments made about referee Martin Atkinson immediately after United's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

He is a true professional and it is great he has committed his future to the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson on Carrick

That game marked Carrick's 218th United appearance and his new three-year deal will offer the opportunity to make many more. Having already collected three Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League trophy in his time with the Red Devils, the England international is keen for United to put their midweek setback behind them and focus on collecting more silverware.

"We are in a very good position at the moment and I am confident this team will be successful for many years to come," he said.

With Paul Scholes' future undecided and Anderson struggling with injuries, Carrick's playmaking abilities are likely to come in very handy on the run-in, with Ferguson delighted Carrick has joined Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra, who have also recently signed contract extensions.

"I am delighted Michael has signed a new contract," said Ferguson. "He has been outstanding since joining us from Tottenham in 2006. He is a true professional and it is great he has committed his future to the club."