Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced he will retire at the end of the season.
Having featured in only four games this season, the 36-year-old confirmed on Monday (March 12) that he is set to hang up his boots. Carrick was treated for an irregular heart rhythm earlier this year, which was detected in a League Cup game against Burton Albion in September.
“There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at,” he said.
“After the heart issue, I had two or three days thinking ‘am I going to carry on?’ I got back fit and wanted to finish on my own terms. I need to keep myself fit and ready. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training. I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at.”
Carrick joined West Ham United as a youth player, making more than 150 appearances for the Hammers before securing a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
After two seasons at White Hart Lane, he secured a £18m move to Old Trafford, where he went on to win five Premier League titles and the Champions League – a total of 18 trophies with the Manchester club. He became the club captain following Wayne Rooney’s departure to Everton in the summer.
The Europa League triumph in 2017 completed the Englishman’s sweep of domestic and European club trophies.
Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves voiced on BBC Radio that the amount of success Carrick has achieved is not a surprise.
“He is a real player’s player. If you asked Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs, they would always say they loved playing with Michael Carrick because used to put the ball in the perfect position. He did not get enough credit for the defensive side of his game. He has had an incredible career – the longevity he has had and being in teams that won titles and trophies shows how remarkable he was.”
Carrick also indicated that it is “looking likely” that he will take up the club’s offer of a first-team coaching role under Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.