Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick confirms retirement decision

Michael Carrick has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season Michael Carrick has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season
Lucia Summers | 14 March, 2018, 13:03

He's made more than 700 professional appearances over the course of that long career, and won, among other things, five Premier League titles.

Carrick signed a new contract last summer as well as receiving the captain's armband, but the 36-year-old has barely featured this season having undergone treatment earlier in the season to fix an irregular heart rhythm.

"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", the midfielder admitted. "That's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".

"It's fine, it's something you've got to accept so that is where I'm at".

The former England worldwide stated that he is likely to next assume a first-team coaching role at Manchester United following the end of his playing career.

Carrick is to be offered a place on the manager's coaching staff but he would only say that is a "likely" option at the moment. "We're still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet, but it's looking likely".

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"I think it is quite refreshing to look at Scott and see how he deals with it", Carrick said ahead of United's Champions League last-16 second leg against Sevilla.

While Carrick has always had his critics, he has been admired by every United coach he's worked with, from Alex Ferguson all the way through to Mourinho. For two or three days I was thinking am going to carry on playing is it worth it but that passed and I got fit.

"I understood I'd be getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as probably I might have done, but that's something that I understood".

The 36-year-old has tipped Scott McTominay to be his heir with the Scot enjoying a solid start to life at the club.

He also helped United win the UEFA Champions League (2008), FIFA Club World Cup (2008) and the UEFA Europa League (2017).

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