Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Carrick To Retire At The End Of The Season

Carrick To Retire At The End Of The Season

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

Carrick's retirement could also been linked to a heart problem that the 36-year-old has been battling, with the midfielder claiming it flared up once again during a Carabao Cup match earlier this season.

United club captain Carrick has enjoyed plenty of career highs during his time at Old Trafford, and was speaking as the club prepares to host a first Champions League knockout game in four years. "That is where I am at", he said.

Carrick is, though, expected to remain at United as part of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff next season.

"There comes a time when, as much as you like or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football", the midfielder admitted. "That's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".

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

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 added: "All the glitz and the glamour that can surround things these days, Scott doesn't seem too interested in that, which is fantastic - especially at this stage of his career". We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet.

"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit. I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded. Carrick made just one Premier League appearance this season and saw Nemanja Matic partner Ander Herrera and lately Scott Mctominay as his replacements in the United midfield. "There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

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