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Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has confirmed that this season will be his last as a player and he will retire in May.
Carrick, 36, hasn’t played regularly for United this season, having had treatment for a heart complaint in November 2017.
It has long been thought likely that this would be his last season – manager Jose Mourinho has hinted at it – but now the player has confirmed it.
He has been offered a place on the United coaching staff once he has called time on his playing career.
Carrick started out at West Ham United – and had brief loan spells at Swindon Town and Birmingham City while there – before transferring to Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5 million in the summer of 2004.
Two years later, Carrick joined Manchester United in an £18 million deal. While at United he has made 463 appearances in all competitions, scoring 24 goals and has won every domestic trophy in the game, including 5 Premier League titles, 3 League Cups, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and World Club Cup.
Overall, he has made 705 first-team appearances in his career, scoring 34 goals. He also won 34 caps for England, although he wasn’t a regular starter for the national side.
“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,” Carrick said at a press conference ahead of United’s Champions League clash with Sevilla this week. “That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you have to accept. That’s where I’m at.”
When asked whether he would be joining United’s backroom team, he said: “Yes. It’s kind of been sorted out. We’re still talking about it, to be honest, so there’s nothing totally confirmed as yet. But it’s looking likely, yes.”