Michael Carrick's future at Manchester United is uncertain, but he has an important ally in assistant manager Ryan Giggs.
This has been reported by The Times, who claim that the experienced midfielder isn't sure whether he will be plying his trade at Old Trafford ahead of the 2016/17 season. His contract is set to expire at the end of the campaign and there has been no approach over a renewal.
Carrick has enjoyed a fine stint in Manchester - he moved to the club from Tottenham back in 2006 - but he's approaching the final stages of his career.
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The England international has suffered with injury at times throughout the course of the last couple of years, but he has still managed to make 13 league appearances so far this season.
It certainly appears that Giggs wants Carrick to stay on in Manchester for the foreseeable future, however. In fact, the same report claims that the Welshman has even talked about the idea of the midfielder joining him on the coaching staff at the Theatre of Dreams.
Despite his age, Carrick remains a classy player; while the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marouane Fellaini have failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis, Carrick has still been an integral member of Louis van Gaal's squad.
United appear to be a far more balanced team with the 34-year-old in the side, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he will be handed a new deal.
With his contract set to expire in just four months time, the report claims that Newcastle United are keen on landing him on a free transfer.
Carrick, then, may well have to stay patient over the coming months as the Manchester United hierarchy make a decision on his future.
Of course, with Van Gaal's future in doubt in Manchester - his side are sitting in fifth place in the Premier League table - uncertainty is surrounding the club right now.
Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with the United job recently, but it's far from certain as to whether Carrick would enter the Special One's plans.
For now, the ex-Tottenham man will just have to work hard in pursuit of helping his side secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
After failing to secure all three points against Premier League champions Chelsea in their last outing, the Red Devils are set to face strugglers Sunderland this weekend. It's a must-win game for United if they are serious about climbing the table over the coming weeks and months.
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