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

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick will call time on his 19-year career at the end of the season Credit reuters

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick's decision to hang up his boots after the end of the current season led the English midfielder to be feted by the who's who of world football, with former teammate and Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney leading the tributes. 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 has seen his playing time this season limited after having gone minor surgery to correct an irregular heart rhythm.

However, after seeing his playing time get restricted to just four appearances this season, largely due to a heart condition, the 36-year-old Carrick has chose to call time on a glittering career.

"It's fine, it's something you've got to accept so that is where I'm at".

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

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"Yes. It's kind of been sorted out", the midfielder stated whether he would be moving behind the scenes. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet. "But it's looking likely, yes".

Carrick was appointed United captain in the summer and is in his 12th season at Old Trafford.

Speaking ahead of the second leg of United's Champions League knockout tie against Sevilla, he told the world that he was, basically, knackered. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

'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. 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.

"With people like Scott (McTominay) and some of the younger boys, I'm just trying to help them adapt". Tried to work for the team, being known as a team player I think is important.

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