Man United, Updated: June 15, 2016 7:42 AM
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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has welcomed his old club’s decision to hand Michael Carrick a new 12-month deal.
Carrick was heading for the Old Trafford exit door before Louis van Gaal was relieved of his managerial duties late last month.
Jose Mourinho is understood to have then personally intervened to ensure the 34-year-old was retained as a member of his squad.
And Ince feels Carrick’s experience will be a vital component if the Red Devils are to flourish under their new manager next season.
Ince said: “I think it was important the club kept Carrick on. To keep that link with past glories is vital.
“I remember when I arrived at Old Trafford in 1989 I needed the likes of Bryan Robson to show me the ropes. He taught me how to control myself and deal with the expectations of the club. He was vital for me to grow into such a big club.
“United need an experienced body around like Michael now to help the newcomers and make them aware of what is expected.”
Ince also told the Manchester Evening News: “He (Carrick) still has great ability.
“He is a good passer of the ball and while he might not answer that speed and power call of mine, he is calm and has vision which is just as important.”