Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

Manchester United will be losing one of their last remaining links to the Sir Alex Ferguson era come the end of the campaign, with the veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announcing his retirement after 12 years of service with The Red Devils. 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.

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.

Carrick joins a host of other recently retired English footballers who have taken various roles within coaching, such as Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

"But, yeah, it's looking likely". The midfielder may stay at Old Trafford after the season as part of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff.

"There comes a time when as much as you don't like it, it's time to stop playing football", Carrick told a press conference ahead of United's Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Sevilla.

"I think it's pretty much already been said, to be honest with you", he replied when asked whether he was retiring.

"I'm clear now, it took a bit of time to get over". 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.

"I need to keep myself fit and ready".

"I understood I'd be getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as probably I might have done, but that's something that I understood".

"In terms of being remembered, just someone who tried to do things the right way..."

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