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

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick

The Mail Online understands that Michael Carrick is set to join the coaching staff at Manchester United after announcing that he will retire from playing at the end of the season.

The the 36-year old former England global, made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalists ahead of his teams Champions league second half clash against Sevilla.

"There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at", Carrick said, as reported by the BBC.

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.

He has been restricted to only four appearances this season because of an irregular heart rhythm.

"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.

United legend Rooney, who completed a move to Everton last July, sent a classy message to his former team-mate on Twitter.

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"You get that extra spicy feeling, there's that little bit extra to it and we want to be playing these games".

Obviously, the news has come as an upsetting incident for United fans, but won't be too anxious about a replacement for the 36-year-old with the current emergence of youngster Scott McTominay.

"But that quickly passed, and I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms, really, where at least I could decide and not be forced because of that".

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

Carrick has won 18 trophies in 12 years at United, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

"Hopefully I can get some game-time at some point between now and the end of the season", he said.

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