Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Manchester United veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announces end of season retirement

Manchester United veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announces end of season retirement

Retiring Manchester United captain Michael Carrick backs rising star Scott McTominay to achieve great things at the club. "You can't live like you've had a career before you've had the career - you've got to earn it". "But it's looking likely, yeah".

"Yes. It's kind of been sorted out", the midfielder stated whether he would be moving behind the scenes.

The former England worldwide, 36, made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday to preview the Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla.

While Carrick has always had his critics, he has been admired by every United coach he's worked with, from Alex Ferguson all the way through to Mourinho.

Carrick signed a new contract last summer as well as receiving the captain's armband, but the 36-year-old has barely featured this season having undergone treatment earlier in the season to fix an irregular heart rhythm.

"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine". We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet.

"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", Carrick added, discussing his health problem.

"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. It took a little while to get over". "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded.

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

"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".

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