Carrick's deal first of many: Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes has welcomed Michael Carrick's decision to extend his stay at the club – and hinted it will not be the last new contract to be signed in the coming months.
Carrick has extended his present deal until 2015, with the option of an additional season.
It cements the 32-year-old's place as one of the most influential members of Moyes' squad.
And with skipper Nemanja Vidic also rumoured to be on the brink of a new deal, it is clear Moyes (inset) is keen to keep the bulk of his present squad, in addition to making the strengthening he feels is required.
"It's important we continue to improve the squad, but it's also important you make sure you look after the ones you think you need to keep," he said.
"Everybody knew Michael's importance to the club. It certainly wasn't anything he's shown me in the last few months (that influenced the new contract).
"It was just a matter of getting the contract signed and done and we're pleased we've done that."
Carrick has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League since his £18million arrival from Tottenham in 2006.
Carrick will be missing when United travel to Cardiff tomorrow, though, after aggravating an Achilles injury in the win over Arsenal immediately prior to the international break.
With Phil Jones also sidelined and Marouane Fellaini still troubled by a wrist problem, it could mean an outing in central midfield for Ryan Giggs in the city of his birth.
Moyes did confirm skipper Vidic has returned to training after suffering concussion against the Gunners, although he will not be taking any risks with the Serbian.
United's win over Arsenal moved them back within five points of the Gunners at the top of the table.
And with Liverpool and Everton facing each other at lunchtime, plus Manchester City hosting Tottenham tomorrow, they have a chance to force themselves right back into the championship picture with a win on their first visit to the Cardiff City Stadium.
"I never thought we were out of it," said Moyes when asked if his side were back in the title race.