Michael Carrick to retire from football at the end of the season

Michael Carrick

Carrick has won 12 major trophies in 12 years at Manchester United

Carrick has played a limited role for United this season after undergoing a routine heart procedure following a League Cup tie with Burton in September. 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. "That's pretty much where I am at".

Carrick, capped 34 times by England, has looked likely to leave United in recent summers only to pen extensions at a club that rewarded his fine service with a testimonial previous year.

Carrick said: "There comes a time when as much as you don't like it, it's time to stop playing football". It's something you have to accept. 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 totally confirmed as yet.

The former England worldwide, 36, made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday to preview the Champions League last-16, second-leg match against Sevilla. "But it's looking likely, yes". The midfielder may stay at Old Trafford after the season as part of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff.

The 21-year-old has managed to solidify a place in Mourinho's starting XI which has seen him called up for the Scotland senior squad for the games against Costa Rica and Hungary, and Carrick stated that the young Scotsman is on a "great track" to achieve a great professional career. "That is where I am at", said the midfielder.

He also made a further 139 and 73 appearances for West Ham and Tottenham respectively, establishing himself as one of England's best midfielders since the turn of the century.

"I'm clear now, it took a bit of time to get over". At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded.

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