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Is Michael Carrick's Manchester United future in doubt?

Carrick's contract's up at the end of the season, and he's attracting interest from elsewhere.

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The Daily Mail are today reporting that Michael Carrick is "in limbo", with Manchester United yet to hold contract talks with the veteran midfielder, despite the fact that his current deal expires at the end of the season. They claim that Carrick has "genuine interest from abroad, thought to be teams in the MLS and Spain, but hopes to stay in England."

There's no doubt that Carrick has been an important part in this United team since he was signed from Tottenham Hotspur over a decade ago. However, he's now 34 years old, and with United's midfield still in need of the overhaul that it should've been given three or four years ago, we wouldn't be too sad to see him depart.

That said, United still aren't particularly well-endowed in midfield, and Carrick could still be a useful rotation option for a season or two. He may also tickle the fancy of José Mourinho, who has a penchant for the older gentleman, and especially one capable of triggering a counter-attack with a fine long ball. If we had to guess, we reckon Carrick will still be at Old Trafford at the start of next season. Let's hope it's on the bench, rather than in the starting lineup.