Twelve-Year Manchester United Career Coming To An End
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire as a player at the end of the season.
The 36-year-old former England international is out of contract this summer and was widely expected to hang up his boots, but he confirmed to the Manchester United official website that he is likely to join Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff.
“I think it’s pretty much already been said, to be honest with you,” Carrick said at a press conference ahead of United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday.
. “There comes a time when, as much as you like or don’t like it, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football. That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you have to accept. That’s where I’m at.”
He also confirmed that he has the offer of a coaching job with the side.
“Yes. It’s kind of been sorted out. We’re still talking about it, to be honest, so there’s nothing totally confirmed as yet, but it’s looking likely, yes.”
Carrick has played just four games for United this season. He had surgery to sort out an irregular heartbeat that manifested itself during the EFL Cup tie with Burton Albion in September.
“Obviously, I had the problem in the Burton game, when it started during the second half, and then had a few tests after that,” Carrick added.
“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. It took a little bit of time to get over but there were some times when, for two or three days, I was thinking ‘am I going to carry on playing or not?’ or ‘is it kind of worth it or not?’ but that quickly passed.
“I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. 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. 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.”
Carrick moved to Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 in an £18million transfer. He went on to win 12 major honours with United including five Premier League titles and one Champions League. He also won 34 international caps for England.