Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick confirms retirement from football

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick confirms retirement from football

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire from football after the end of the current 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".

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

Carrick is to be offered a place on the manager's coaching staff but he would only say that is a "likely" option at the moment.

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. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet.

The 36-year-old was handed the captain's armband last summer after the exit of Wayne Rooney but has only made three starts in all competitions this season.

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, yeah, it's looking likely". Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

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

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. "I had a procedure the following week", he said.

"I need to keep myself fit and ready". Tried to work for the team, being known as a team player I think is important.

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