Monday, 12 March 2018


Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced he will retire at the end of the season.
The former England international made the announcement at United’s press conference on Monday ahead of the Champions League last-16, second-leg match against Sevilla.
Carrick, 36, has played 463 times for United since joining from Tottenham for £18m in 2006 and won 34 England caps.
“There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at,” he said.
Carrick added it was “looking likely” that he will take up the club’s offer of a first-team coaching role at the end of the season.
He said in November 2017 he had felt something was wrong after playing for United against Burton in the Carabao Cup in September.
The player had a cardiac ablation to correct the condition and said in a statement last November that he was “healthy”.
“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 had a procedure the following week,” he said.
“I’m totally fine now, took a bit of time to get over. For two or three days I was thinking am going to carry on playing is it worth it but that passed and I got fit.
“I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit.”
After two seasons at White Hart Lane, he secured a move to Old Trafford, where he went on to win five Premier League titles and the Champions League and became club captain following Wayne Rooney’s departure to Everton in the summer.
He also lost two Champions League finals to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.
Last season’s Europa League triumph completed Carrick’s sweep of domestic and European club trophies.

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