'I cannot go to his identity card and delete five years' - Mourinho hints at Carrick departure

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The Manchester United manager admits to seeing 'many positives' in the midfielder's game, but acknowledges that his career clock is ticking

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hinted that midfielder Michael Carrick's future may not be at Old Trafford.

Carrick, who has made 11 Premier League appearances for United this season, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

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But, with Carrick turning 36 in July, Mourinho hinted at a potential departure for the midfielder.

"Let's be honest. I have seen many positives in Carrick," he said, via the Daily Mirror.

"But I cannot go to his identity card and delete five years. Michael is not 30."

Bosman 2017 Michael Carrick

Carrick has been at United since 2006, making more than 400 competitive appearances for the club.

Mourinho has previously suggested that fresh terms would be tabled to the former England international.

He said back in November: "We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest.

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"I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season. That's life."

That may no longer be the case, with the Red Devils prepared to head in a different direction over the summer.

Sitting sixth in the table, United visit struggling Leicester City on Sunday.

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