Man Utd captain Michael Carrick confirms plans to end playing career this summer

Man Utd captain Michael Carrick confirms plans to end playing career this summer

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire from football after the end of the current season.

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.

The 36-year-old, who joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 for an £18m fee, became a mainstay in his side over the years and has a decorated trophy cabinet – winning five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League trophy.

“There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at,” Carrick said, as reported by the BBC.

The former England international stated that he is likely to next assume a first-team coaching role at Manchester United following the end of his playing career.

Carrick has seen his playing time this season limited after having gone minor surgery to correct an irregular heart rhythm.

“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,” he continued.

“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.”

The midfielder progressed through the youth ranks at West Ham United before having spells at Swindon Town, Birmingham, Spurs and then Manchester United.

Carrick joins a host of other recently retired English footballers who have taken various roles within coaching, such as Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

The 36-year-old struggled to cement a starting berth in England’s midfield, with former managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson instead favouring the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Despite notching 34 caps with England, he has only represented the Three Lions in one major international tournament.

Here’s how fans reacted to Carrick’s retirement announcement

News of Carrick’s retirement was met with waves of admiration for the midfielder. Many were left ruing the fact that he was such an underrated player who did not perhaps get the plaudits he deserved.