United trio agree new deals

Ferdinand, Carrick and Brown to sign extended contracts

Manchester United have agreed new long-term contracts with Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown and Michael Carrick.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the trio have ended any doubts surrounding their futures by pledging to stay at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand has been discussing an extension with the Premier League champions for some time and has accepted a deal until 2013.

He has grown in stature at United this season and has spoken of his desire that this contract will not be his last with the club.

The centre-half was a £30million signing from Leeds United in 2002 and he has made over 250 appearances.

The future of Brown had been less clear-cut after the England international repeatedly rejected the contract which had been offered.

Major fillip

Brown was due to become a free agent in the summer and the Red Devils had rejected an approach from Newcastle United during January's transfer window.

Ferguson had previously been critical of Brown's agent in the negotiations, but the 28-year-old has decided to stay with his only club.

The versatile stopper, who has made the right-back spot his own this season in the absence of injured skipper Gary Neville, is approaching 300 appearances for United.

Carrick has also been rewarded by United for his progress since joining the club in an £18.6million switch from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.

After a steady first season at the club, Carrick has been favoured in the midfield holding role, ahead of Owen Hargreaves, in recent weeks.

The new contracts will provide United with a major fillip as Ferguson looks to secure back-to-back Premier League titles and advance past Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.