Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Michael Carrick Announces Retirement From Football

Wayne Rooney sends class message to Michael Carrick over new role at Man United Michael Carrick is set to take up a coaching role at Manchester United
Kristopher Love | 14 March, 2018, 13:04

He has been restricted to only four appearances this season because of an irregular heart rhythm.

Long-serving Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick confirms that he will retire from playing in the summer.

Carrick joins a host of other recently retired English footballers who have taken various roles within coaching, such as Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

Carrick is expected to be part of the Manchester United coaching staff from next season and May insisted that it is important that the Red Devils keep hold of the former Tottenham man.

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.

'There comes a time when, as much as you like or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football, ' Carrick said earlier this week. It's something you've got to accept so that's where I am at.

The former England worldwide, 36, made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday to preview the Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet.

"But he's still got some way to go to fully establish himself as a big player for this club but so far he's on a great track, he's given himself the best possible chance to fulfil that".

"I had a problem in the Burton game it started in the second half, had a few tests and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week".

"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit. I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at".

Carrick, signed for United in 2006 for £18 million, and has played 463 times for the club. "I've been training hard and we'll see what happens for the rest of the season", said Carrick.