March 23, 2018

Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season

14 March 2018, 01:02 | Joan Schultz

Michael Carrick will call time on his 19-year career at the end of the season Credit reuters

Michael Carrick

Carrick underwent a treatment for irregular heart rhythm a year ago after he complained of feeling uneasy in Manchester United's clash against Burton in the Carabao Cup.

The 36-year-old is now back to full fitness and has played three times since, but he concedes he will call time on his 19-year career at the end of the campaign.

During his glittering career with the Old Trafford club, Carrick has won five Premier League titles, a Champions League, FA Cup and a Europa League title.

Internationally, he represented England thirty-four times and was part of the squads for the World Cup finals in both 2006 and 2010.

He is set to start tonight for the Champions League last-16 crunch clash with Sevilla - after starring in Saturday's 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool. "That is where I am at", Carrick said, as reported by the BBC.

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"There comes a time when as much as you don't like, it's time to stop playing football", Carrick confirmed, quoted by the Press Association's Simon Peach.

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. "It's something that you have got to accept". As such, he's likely to take on a coaching role from next season - discussions are ongoing but "it's been kind of sorted out". "We re still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it s looking likely".

"I need to keep myself fit and ready". 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. "There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that". "I've been training hard and we'll see what happens for the rest of the season", said Carrick.

Carrick said: "After the heart issue, I had two or three days thinking 'am I going to carry on?' I got back fit and wanted to finish on my own terms".

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