Van Gaal hails ‘important’ Carrick

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March 21, 2015 09:30:52 UK

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has praised Michael Carrick after handing the midfielder a new one-year contract extension.

The 33-year-old’s Old Trafford deal was due to expire in the summer but he will now stay at the club until at least the end of next season.

Carrick moved to United from Tottenham in the summer of 2006 for £18.6million and has gone on to feature in more than 250 Premier League matches for the club.

He has struggled with injuries this term, but scored his first goal of the season in last weekend’s 3-0 victory against Spurs, a result that left United at 1.80 to finish in the top four.

“He is important because he can read the game as a player on the pitch,” said the Van Gaal. “He can also coach during the game but he can improve that I think.

“He is also a midfielder who can play the ball forward and that I like. Our aim is always to pass the ball more forward rather than sideways or backwards, He is a player who can do that.

“He is my second captain and is an important man for my selection. Wayne Rooney is my first captain and Michael Carrick is my second captain and that says enough what I think about those players.”

Manchester United travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday. Carrick is 15.00 to score at any time in a match United can be backed at 13.00 to win 2-1.

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