Man Utd's midfielder to retire at end of the season

Carrie Guzman
March 14, 2018

He added: "If he leaves Old Trafford, that's a detriment to Manchester United and so it's great he is going to stay and continue to have a role at the club".

Carrick has made three appearances in all competitions since returning from the heart complaint, but the skipper is still hoping to have a say in United's fortunes before calling time on his playing career.

Carrick has played three times since, with United winning each game without conceding a goal.

"Obviously, I had the problem in the Burton game, when it started during the second half, and then had a few tests after that", he revealed at a press conference at Old Trafford previewing the Sevilla game on Tuesday in the Champions League. Explaining his decision, Carrick stated that his body was no more the same and he felt it was time for him to call it quits.

Carrick said: 'There comes a time when as much as you don't like it, it's time to stop playing football. "That is where I am at", Carrick said, as reported by the BBC. 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's nothing to totally confirm as yet.

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"But, yeah, it's looking likely".

The thirty-six year old has barely featured for the Red Devils this season, making just four appearances while he had a minor operation to treat an irregular heartbeat in October. The England midfielder confirmed that he is totally fine now and wants to finish on his own terms. "I had a procedure the following week", he said.

"So, I was determined to get back fit".

The 36-year-old struggled to cement a starting berth in England's midfield, with former managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson instead favouring the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

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