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28/01/2013 09:59

Papers: New Carrick deal

The Sun's Phil Thomas writes...

Carrick wins new United deal
Michael Carrick is in line for a fresh 12-month contract at Old Trafford when his £80,000 a week deal ends this year. There were suggestions boss Alex Ferguson might opt to cash in on the 31-year-old next summer, with former clubs Spurs and West Ham keeping tabs on his situation. But Carrick has been United’s outstanding midfield performer this term. And Fergie is adamant the England star will be staying at Old Trafford. So Carrick is poised to get the same rolling agreement given to the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. 

Any four-pronged United attack is bound to draw comparison with 1999's Treble-winning front men, Yorke, Cole, Solskjaer and Sheringham. And Sir Alex thinks that, in Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, he has four forwards to rival 99's. The boss says: "The four in ‘99 were fantastic, and you couldn’t possibly criticise them, but we have four today that are equally as good. If we get three or four players around the 20-goal bracket, then we’re in business."

The Independent's Sam Wallace ponders how new Reds signing Wilfried Zaha will cope with retaining his focus as he sees out the season with Crystal Palace. "It is telling that Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have told Zaha to make sure he does his best for Palace this season. The first test of Zaha's character will not be what he does in a United shirt, but what he does in a Palace shirt."

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