Carrick to retire at season's end

Ross Houston
January 22, 2018

Michael Carrick truly is a Manchester United legend.

Michael Carrick is expected to end a glittering 19-year playing career in May but remain at Manchester United as a first-team coach under José Mourinho.

"So, we are all happy and at the end of the season I expect him to join unless he changes his mind, but the club would be very happy for him to do that". "He was already improving and playing well when I started playing him after that long spell without minutes".

"He could be a very important player for us".

Carrick, who has 34 England caps, had a treatment called a cardiac ablation after "feeling strange" during the second half of a 4-1 EFL Cup victory over Burton on 20 September - his only appearance of the season.

According to Saturday's Marca, Mourinho has met with Woodward to try and talk him out of a move for the player, saying the £84million would be better spent elsewhere.

"I think he will play again", Mourinho said today at his press conference ahead of United's trip to the Turf Moor to face Burnley.

Carrick joined the Red Devils from Spurs in 2006 and has been spotted with the Man United away support on various occasions over the last couple of years.

Mourinho has previously criticised the full-back for his poor fitness levels and he had found himself out of the United side for much of last season and the first part of the current campaign.

The Wales global has been constantly linked with a transfer back to the Premier League in recent times, with Old Trafford touted as his most likely destination.

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