Man Utd Midfielder Michael Carrick Confirms Retirement

Ross Houston
March 12, 2018

Michael Carrick will retire from football at the end of the season, the Manchester United midfielder has revealed, and is likely to move into a coaching role at Old Trafford working under manager Jose Mourinho.

Unite manager Jose Mourinho has said he would be keen to add Carrick to his first-team coaching staff and the former England global admits there is a good chance he could be on the bench from next season.

The club captain told a news conference on Monday: "There comes a time, whether you like it or you don't like it, that your body tells you it is time to stop playing football".

'I think it's pretty much already been said, to be honest with you, ' he replied when asked whether he was retiring. He became club captain following Wayne Rooney's departure to his boyhood club Everton last summer.

"It's kind of been sorted", added Carrick. 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, who was capped 34 times by England, underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm, having initially felt unwell during the EFL Cup win over Burton Albion last September.

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

Carrick has played three times since, with United winning each game without conceding a goal. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

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