Manchester United midfielder Carrick to retire at end of season


The former England global made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday ahead of the Champions League last-16, second-leg match against Sevilla.

Manchester United veteran Carrick announced he would be hanging up his boots at the end of the season during the Red Devils' pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's Champions League showdown against Sevilla.

Carrick has seen his playing time this season limited after having gone minor surgery to correct an irregular heart rhythm.

"For so long, it was kind of a given", said Carrick, the last remaining member of the victorious 2008 side. "That's pretty much where I'm at".

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

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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 that you have got to accept".

It has always been expected that Carrick would hang up his boots at the end of the campaign - something the veteran confirmed on Tuesday (NZT), along with his intention to take up manager Mourinho's offer to join the coaching staff. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet. Signed for £18 million, he has played 463 times for the Mancunians and also represented England 38 times, named in the Three Lions' squad to both Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments but did not play a single minute.

Now back in action, he is happy to be retiring on his own terms.

"I had a few tests after that and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training". Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training. "There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".