Manchester United's Michael Carrick confirms retirement at end of season

Manchester United's Michael Carrick confirms retirement at end of season

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. 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's retirement could also been linked to a heart problem that the 36-year-old has been battling, with the midfielder claiming it flared up once again during a Carabao Cup match earlier this season.

"There comes a time when as much as you don't like, it's time to stop playing football", Carrick confirmed, quoted by the Press Association's Simon Peach. "That's pretty much where I'm at".

Carrick is, though, expected to remain at United as part of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff next season. 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". We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet. 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. "But it's looking likely, yes".

The Red Devils host Sevilla in the second leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday night and will then take on Swansea in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on the weekend.

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The 36-year-old struggled to cement a starting berth in England's midfield, with former managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson instead favouring the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. "That is where I am at", Carrick said, as reported by the BBC.

'I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really.

"So, I was determined to get back fit".

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

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