Manchester United midfielder Carrick to retire

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

Michael Carrick will not play for Manchester United after this season.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

The former England worldwide made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday ahead of the Champions League last-16, second-leg match against Sevilla.

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.

The club captain told a news conference on Monday: "There comes a time, whether you like it or you don't like it, that your body tells you it is time to stop playing football".

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It has always been expected that Carrick would hang up his boots at the end of the campaign - something the veteran confirmed on Tuesday (NZT), along with his intention to take up manager Mourinho's offer to join the coaching staff.

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".

However, he has featured in just four games this season having had a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm detected in a League Cup game against Burton Albion in September.

Now back in action, he is happy to be retiring on his own terms.

"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". That's where I'm at and you have got to accept it.

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