Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Manchester United veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announces end of season retirement

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday
Shannon Reynolds | 14 March, 2018, 12:57

The thirty-six year old has barely featured for the Red Devils this season, making just four appearances while he had a minor operation to treat an irregular heartbeat in October. "That's pretty much where I am at", said Carrick explaining his stand on retiring.

The Manchester United midfielder has made a decision to hang his boots after spending 12 years at Old Trafford, where he played under four different managers after being roped in by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

Jose Mourinho has made it clear that Carrick will be welcome to join his coaching set-up at Old Trafford and the player also added that something will be sorted out in due course.

He said that a move into coaching at United was "looking likely".

The 36-year-old is now back to full fitness and has played three times since, but he concedes he will call time on his 19-year career at the end of the campaign.

United boss Jose Mourinho suggested at the beginning of the year that the 34-cap England global would likely bring the curtain down on his career at the end of the campaign and, speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Sevilla, Carrick confirmed the news.

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'There comes a time when, as much as you like or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football, ' Carrick said earlier this week. "You can't live like you've had a career before you've had the career - you've got to earn it".

"Scott has played in some huge games already this season and it's great to see the young lads get their chances in big games to show what they can do".

Carrick has won 18 trophies in 12 years at United, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit".

"I understood that I wouldn't be playing as many games, but I've been training hard and trying to keep fit".

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