Louis van Gaal is ready to hand Michael Carrick a new one-year contract, despite the fact the midfielder is yet to play a competitive game under the new Manchester United boss.
The 33-year-old has missed the start of the 2014/15 campaign after undergoing ankle surgery in pre-season, but according to The Sun on Sunday he is set to be offered an extension to his current deal which expires next summer.
Carrick currently earns £80,000-a-week at Old Trafford, and the new Red Devils manager sees him as an important part of his first-team plans, despite the recent influx of new signings during the summer.
The experienced England international will be tasked with helping the likes of Daley Blind and Ander Herrera settle in the Premier League, although neither player has looked particularly troubled so far, having both made impressive starts to their respective Manchester United careers.
Carrick's passing ability is perfectly suited to the way in which Van Gaal likes to play, and for that reason alone he will be an invaluable option for the Dutchman to have.
After stepping up his recovery along with fellow senior star Phil Jones last week, the former Tottenham man could be in contention for a return after the international break when Manchester United take on West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on October 20.
Carrick's return couldn't have come at a better time for the Red Devils after Herrera suffered a rib injury at the end of last month, with his comeback not scheduled to be until late October.