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

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

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

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has confirmed he is to retire at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old, who joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 for an £18m fee, became a mainstay in his side over the years and has a decorated trophy cabinet - winning five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League trophy. He still hopes to play a part in the run-in after recovering fully from a heart problem earlier in the season.

However, after seeing his playing time get restricted to just four appearances this season, largely due to a heart condition, the 36-year-old Carrick has made a decision to call time on a glittering career. "That's pretty much where I'm at".

Carrick, capped 34 times by England, has looked likely to leave United in recent summers only to pen extensions at a club that rewarded his fine service with a testimonial a year ago. 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".

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

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

"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit".

"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", he added, quoted by Goal journalist Kris Voakes.

The 36-year-old is now back to full fitness and has played three times since, but he concedes he will call time on his 19-year career at the end of the campaign.

"I need to keep myself fit and ready". 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.

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