Man United midfielder Carrick announces summer retirement

Michael Carrick

"That's pretty much where I'm at".

A graduate of West Ham's youth academy alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand, Carrick went on to win five Premier League titles under Alex Ferguson.

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 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.

"There comes a time when your body tells you it's time. It's something that you have got to accept".

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. It's kind of been sorted out. "But it's looking likely, yes".

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United legend Rooney, who completed a move to Everton last July, sent a classy message to his former team-mate on Twitter. "There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

"I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really".

"I think it is quite refreshing to look at Scott and see how he deals with it", he said on the midfielder.

'I understood after getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as perhaps I might have done, but that's something that I understood.


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