Manchester United have announced that Michael Carrick has agreed a new two-year contract with the club, while the midfielder also has the option to extend the deal by another season.

Carrick, along with several prominent Old Trafford figures, would have seen his current contract expire at the end of the campaign, but the Premier League champions have moved to tie down the England international.

"I am delighted Michael has extended his contract," Manchester United manager David Moyes told the club's official website.

"During my short time at the club it hasn’t been hard to notice that Michael is a great reader of the game and has excellent passing ability.

"He is an exceptional man and a true professional and it’s great that he has committed himself to the club."

Carrick, who has started all but one of Manchester United's league games since Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, has hailed the influence of his new manager in persuading him to reaffirm his allegiance to the club.

"It is great to extend my contract at this great club. I am really enjoying my football," Carrick said.

"The club has gone through a few changes and working under David Moyes has been fantastic. I have won many trophies in my years playing here and I am looking forward to achieving more in the future."

The 32-year-old joined Manchester United from Tottenham in the summer transfer window of 2006 for a fee rising to £18.6 million, having been recruited by Spurs from West Ham two years previous.

Carrick has since made 333 appearances for Manchester United, during which time he has won the Premier League title five times and secured a triumph in the Champions League.

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