Manchester United captain Michael Carrick confirms retirement decision

Michael Carrick has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season

"You can't live like you've had a career before you've had the career - you've got to earn it".

The former England global stated that he is likely to next assume a first-team coaching role at Manchester United following the end of his playing career.

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. He has been pretty much an ever-present since then, credit to him.

"It's fine, it's something you've got to accept so that is where I'm at". "That's where I'm at".

Carrick added: "All the glitz and the glamour that can surround things these days, Scott doesn't seem too interested in that, which is fantastic - especially at this stage of his career". We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet. He's only seen action a handful of times this season, but on the eve of United's hosting Sevilla with a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal berth at stake, Carrick still maintains that he'll play a role with the current team before season's end.

"I had a few tests after that and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training. I had a procedure the following week", he said. "There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that". At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at".

"Not looking past tomorrow night, but for seasons ahead now I think as a squad we need to develop, we need to be constantly in this position and expect it of ourselves and keep them standards high".

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.

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