Friday, 22 February, 2019

Man United's Carrick to hang up his boots at end of season

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday
Kristopher Love | 13 March, 2018, 21:38

"It's about making a career, that's how it is". You can't live like you have had a big career before you have even had a career. "It's something that you have got to accept", the Englishman said. 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.

In January, United boss Jose Mourinho said he expected Carrick to retire at the end of 2017-18 and join the Old Trafford coaching staff - a move the player himself acknowledges as his likely next step.

"I think it is quite refreshing to look at Scott and see how he deals with it", Carrick told reporters at a press conference. He is a great lad, he is humble, he takes everything in which gives him a great chance of improving all the time. "He goes about his business, he comes in, he is always in doing extra training".

And he is delighted that Mourinho has given a chance to a player who, like Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, has continued the long tradition of home-grown products breaking into the Manchester United first team.

Scott is the next one, the club just keeps producing them.

"You have to give the manager credit for giving him a chance". The biggest games at this time of the season.

'Great teammate and one of the best I've played with.

"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".

"You've got to earn it, you've got to establish yourself - and he's done great so far".

A graduate of West Ham's youth academy alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand, Carrick went on to win five Premier League titles under Alex Ferguson.

"I will try to help him as much as I can".

"For so long, it was kind of a given", said Carrick, the last remaining member of the victorious 2008 side.

'I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really.

He's only seen action a handful of times this season, but on the eve of United's hosting Sevilla with a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal berth at stake, Carrick still maintains that he'll play a role with the current team before season's end. Sevilla will be a tough match but, if we play like we can do, we have a great chance.