Man Utd's midfielder to retire at end of the season


Man Utd's midfielder to retire at end of the season

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.

"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".

Michael Carrick admits he wants Manchester United to establish themselves as a Champions League force once more as the player prepares to hang up his boots. "It's kind of been sorted out (for a coaching role)".

"There comes a time when as much as you don't like it, it's time to stop playing football", Carrick told reporters. "You can't live like you've had a career before you've had the career - you've got to earn it".

United boss Jose Mourinho suggested at the beginning of the year that the 34-cap England global would likely bring the curtain down on his career at the end of the campaign and, speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Sevilla, Carrick confirmed the news.

'Great teammate and one of the best I've played with.

'The same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training, so then I had the procedure the following week, which I went through and now it's totally fine and I'm clear. "I wanted to finish on my own terms".

It has been an illustrious career in the middle of the Old Trafford turf for Carrick since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, playing a whopping 436 matches in that time which has included 19 major trophies which has included five Premier League titles and two European trophies.

"You get that extra spicy feeling, there's that little bit extra to it and we want to be playing these games".

"So, I was determined to get back fit. I've just been training hard and trying to keep fit and have managed to play a few games so far and we'll see what happens towards the end of the season".