Michael Carrick Announces Retirement From Football

Michael Carrick

Carrick with Ashley Young Wayne Rooney and the Europa League trophy last May Credit Getty images

Speaking ahead of the second leg of United's Champions League knockout tie against Sevilla, he told the world that he was, basically, knackered.

It has been an illustrious career in the middle of the Old Trafford turf for Carrick since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, playing a whopping 436 matches in that time which has included 19 major trophies which has included five Premier League titles and two European trophies.

Carrick, who was capped 34 times by England, underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm, having initially felt unwell during the EFL Cup win over Burton Albion last September.

"It's kind of been sorted out (for a coaching role)".

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

Carrick recently confirmed that he will be retiring from football at the end of the season, but has backed 21-year-old McTominay to go on and achieve great success at the club.

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

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

"I had a few tests after that and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training".

"You get that extra spicy feeling, there's that little bit extra to it and we want to be playing these games. I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded. "I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit".

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.

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