Man Utd captain Carrick confirms retirement plans

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday

Carrick will be hoping to add to his medal-laden CV before the end of the season - a campaign the veteran confirmed will be his last as a player before taking up manager Jose Mourinho's offer to join the coaching staff.

He's made more than 700 professional appearances over the course of that long career, and won, among other things, five Premier League titles.

However, after seeing his playing time get restricted to just four appearances this season, largely due to a heart condition, the 36-year-old Carrick has chose to call time on a glittering career.

The club captain told a news conference on Monday: "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".

Carrick went on to confirm that a coaching role at United was "looking likely" as he plans for life without playing professional football for the first time in nearly 20 years. It's kind of been sorted out. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet.

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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.

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.

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

Carrick made 463 appearances for Manchester United throughout his career, winning 18 honours with the club.

"Hopefully I can get some game-time at some point between now and the end of the season", he said.

"I understood that I wouldn't be playing as many games, but I've been training hard and trying to keep fit". "I still see myself as a player - for now anyway - and I am still enjoying training and being out with the boys".

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