Manchester United's Michael Carrick confirms retirement at end of season

Manchester United's Michael Carrick confirms retirement at end of season

Club captain Michael Carrick has confirmed that he will bring his 12-year spell at Manchester United to an end in the summer when retiring from playing duties.

The 36-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006.

"It's fine, it's something you've got to accept so that is where I'm at".

And social media was warm in its praise. "I had a procedure the following week", he said.

In January, manager Jose Mourinho said he would be "very happy" if Carrick chose to stay at the club in a non-playing capacity.

Carrick underwent a routine procedure for an irregular heart rhythm this past fall, and thus hasn't been available most of the season.

"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit". Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

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Carrick went on to confirm that a coaching role at United was "looking likely" as he plans for life without playing professional football for the first time in nearly 20 years.

"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".

The former England global came through the ranks at West Ham before securing a £3.5m move to Tottenham in 2004.

The former England worldwide won five Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup on three occasions during his time at Old Trafford.

He also lost two Champions League finals to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

Carrick made just one appearance at a major tournament for England, despite having a successful club career for the Red Devils.