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Michael Carrick remains uncertain over Manchester United future

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted that he has still not heard anything from the club about a new contract.

Sources told ESPN FC last week that he is considering a move abroad over fears that he will not be offered a new deal. It would end a decade-long stay at the club, which he joined from Tottenham in summer 2006.

Carrick is the second-longest serving player at United behind captain Wayne Rooney, and has been the stand-in captain while the England striker has been injured.

The 34-year-old's contract expires in the summer. Carrick, who has made 29 appearances for the club this season, told the Manchester Evening News: "Honestly, I don't know [about the future]. I've heard nothing really."

The England midfielder has played an important role in United's recent revival because of his versatility, having featured as a makeshift centre-back during the club's recent injury crisis. His experience still shines through at times, showing the awareness of a player who has won five titles as well as the Champions League, during his time at United.

Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger would likely depart United should Mourinho arrive, with both midfielders lacking the pace the Special One demands.
Competition for places in the United midfield has heightened since the arrival of players like Bastian Schweinsteiger.

There is strong competition for places in midfield though, particularly after the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer, which has meant that Carrick is willing to consider offers.

The more immediate focus will be on Wednesday night's game against Watford. Carrick hopes that the atmosphere at the club can stay positive after the feel-good factor generated by the wins over FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and Arsenal in the Premier League in their two most recent fixtures.

"Changes quickly, doesn't it?" Carrick said. "I think it changes both ways, we know that. This [Arsenal] was a massive win for us, to put us back on a level footing, but Wednesday is even bigger now, and every game is going to be bigger now until the end of season and we've got to try to put a run together to really challenge the reams above us and go through in the cups.

"But, as time goes on and we get more bodies back fit, more strength in depth, we should be alright."

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.

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