Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick to retire at end of season

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick to retire at end of season

Carrick has played over seven hundred senior games at club level across spells with West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United with the majority of those outings coming for the latter.

Manager Jose Mourinho revealed in January that the former England global will take up a coaching role with the first team at the end of the campaign.

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has officially confirmed that he will not play for Manchester United beyond this season. It's something you have to accept.

When asked whether he would be joining Jose's backroom team, he said: "Yes. But it's looking likely, yes", he explained.

However, the midfielder has had injury issues and health problems recently and underwent surgery to address a heart murmur earlier this season.

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"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", Carrick added, discussing his health problem. "There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

Since then Carrick has never looked back and has gone on to win five Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United.

"I'm clear now, it took a bit of time to get over". At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit.

In his 12 years at United, he has scored 24 goals and was given a testimonial by the club last June. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at".

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