Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season

Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season

Michael Carrick will call time on his professional career at the end of this season, the Manchester United and England midfielder has confirmed.

The holding midfielder impressed in Manchester United's 2-1 win against Liverpool FC at Old Trafford in the Premier League last weekend.

"There comes a time, whether you like it or you don't like it, that your body tells you it is time to stop playing football".

"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine". It's something you have to accept.

The former England global said that a move into coaching at Old Trafford was "looking likely". Carrick has played a limited role for United this season after undergoing a routine heart procedure following a League Cup tie with Burton in September.

The Red Devils captain has confirmed plans to hang up his boots come the summer following a 12-year spell at Old Trafford, racking up 463 total club appearances in the process and scoring 24 goals.

Despite notching 34 caps with England, he has only represented the Three Lions in one major global tournament.

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"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".

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

5 - The number of clubs he has represented (West Ham United, (Swindon Town and Birmingham City on loan) Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United).

On his heart problem, he added: "It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training".

'Great teammate and one of the best I've played with.

"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".

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