Manchester United's Michael Carrick confirms retirement at end of season

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick confirmed on Monday he will bring an end to his illustrious career at the end of the current season at the age of 36.

Speaking ahead of the second leg of United's Champions League knockout tie against Sevilla, he told the world that he was, basically, knackered. That's pretty much where I'm at.

Carrick went on to confirm that a coaching role at United was "looking likely" as he plans for life without playing professional football for the first time in nearly 20 years.

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

"It's kind of been sorted", added Carrick. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet.

Carrick is expected to be part of the Manchester United coaching staff from next season and May insisted that it is important that the Red Devils keep hold of the former Tottenham man.

"You get that extra spicy feeling, there's that little bit extra to it and we want to be playing these games". 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. So far this season, the midfielder has been restricted to just four appearances because of cardiac arrhythmia.

Carrick joined United in 2006 and won five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013), one FA Cup (2016) and three League Cups ( 2009, 2010, 2017). "There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

Carrick said: "After the heart issue, I had two or three days thinking 'am I going to carry on?' I got back fit and wanted to finish on my own terms". "I still see myself as a player - for now anyway - and I am still enjoying training and being out with the boys".

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