Manchester United's Michael Carrick to retire at end of season

Michael Carrick

Carrick, who is a former England global, joined the Red Devils from Tottenham in 2006 when United's retired veteran manager, Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to swapped White Hart Lane for the Old Trafford.

However, he has featured in just four games this season having had a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm detected in a League Cup game against Burton Albion in September.

The Old Trafford club captain told a news conference on Monday: "There comes a time, wether you like it or you don't like it, that your body tells you it is time to stop playing football".

Mourinho has said he would be keen to add Carrick to his first-team coaching staff and the former England worldwide admits there is a good chance he could be on the bench from next season. That's pretty much where I am at'.

"It's kind of being sorted out, we're still talking about it to be honest".

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

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"You don't know what you've really got until you are tested".

"The same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training, so then I had the procedure the following week, which I went through and now it's totally fine and I'm clear. There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

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).

"I need to keep myself fit and ready. I wanted to finish on my own terms". But that quickly passed and I got back fit.

He became a Champions League victor when United saw off Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008 and, although he lost subsequent finals in Europe's top competition against Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, last season's Europa League triumph completed an individual clean sweep of major domestic and European club trophies.

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