Manchester United veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announces end of season retirement

Michael Carrick

Carrick underwent a treatment for irregular heart rhythm previous year after he complained of feeling uneasy in Manchester United's clash against Burton in the Carabao Cup.

He signed for United in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 and has so far made 463 appearances for the club while scoring 24 goals across competitions. He also had loan stints with Swindon Town and Birmingham City early in his career.

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.

"Now it's totally fine", Carrick said in the press conference previewing Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Sevilla.

Unite manager Jose Mourinho has said he would be keen to add Carrick to his first-team coaching staff and the former England global admits there is a good chance he could be on the bench from next season.

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"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", the midfielder admitted. "That's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".

Carrick is to be offered a place on the manager's coaching staff but he would only say that is a "likely" option at the moment. It's something you've got to accept so that's where I am at. "We re still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it s looking likely".

Carrick has made just three starts since undergoing a heart procedure in September. "I wanted to finish on my own terms".

'I understood after getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as perhaps I might have done, but that's something that I understood.

"I understood that I wouldn't be playing as many games, but I've been training hard and trying to keep fit".

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