Manchester United veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announces end of season retirement

Manchester United veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announces end of season retirement

Manchester United veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announces end of season retirement

The former England global, 36, made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday to preview the Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla.

Michael Carrick has confirmed this will be his last season as a player at Manchester United.

Former West Ham United and Tottenham midfielder Carrick has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time with Man United, and was handed the captain's armband past year following Wayne Rooney's departure.

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. "That's pretty much where I'm at". "That is where I am at", Carrick said, as reported by the BBC.

The midfielder, who moved over to Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, will hang up his cleats at the end of 2017-18, and will likely join manager Jose Mourinho's coaching staff next season.

"I think it's pretty much already been said, to be honest with you, 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", he stated. It's something you've got to accept so that's where I am at.

As such, he's likely to take on a coaching role from next season - discussions are ongoing but "it's been kind of sorted out".

'Obviously, I had the problem in the Burton game, when it started during the second half, and then had a few tests after that, ' he told the media ahead of tomorrow's game. "There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that". "It took a little while to get over".

"I understood that I wouldn't be playing as many games, but I've been training hard and trying to keep fit. I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit".

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