Michael Carrick to retire from football at the end of the season


While Carrick has always had his critics, he has been admired by every United coach he's worked with, from Alex Ferguson all the way through to Mourinho.

The 40-year-old is now in charge of the Rossoneri and made 468 appearances for the San Siro outfit - with only six players making more. That's pretty much where I am at'.

He has since started FA Cup games against Yeovil and Huddersfield and, ahead of the Champions League round-of-16 second leg with Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

"There comes a time, wether you like it or you don't like it, that your body tells you it is time to stop playing football".

Mourinho publicly confirmed the offer of a coaching role in November after Carrick revealed he had undergone a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm, having felt odd during September's Carabao Cup win against Burton.

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

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The 36-year-old struggled to cement a starting berth in England's midfield, with former managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson instead favouring the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet.

He added: "If he leaves Old Trafford, that's a detriment to Manchester United and so it's great he is going to stay and continue to have a role at the club".

'Great teammate and one of the best I've played with. "There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

5 - The number of clubs he has represented (West Ham United, (Swindon Town and Birmingham City on loan) Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United).

"But that quickly passed, and I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms, really, where at least I could decide and not be forced because of that".