Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick announces retirement

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick announces retirement

Carrick has played three times since, with United winning each game without conceding a goal.

The Mail Online understands that Michael Carrick is set to join the coaching staff at Manchester United after announcing that he will retire from playing at the end of the season. That's where I'm at and you have got to accept it.

In January, manager Jose Mourinho said he would be "very happy" if Carrick made a decision to stay at the club in a non-playing capacity.

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"It's kind of being sorted out, we're still talking about it to be honest. But it's looking likely, yes", he explained. During his 12 years at the Red Devils Carrick has won 12 major titles.

However, the midfielder has had injury issues and health problems recently and underwent surgery to address a heart murmur earlier this season. He has scored a total of 24 goals for Manchester United, who are now placed at the second position in the league, 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.

'The same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training, so then I had the procedure the following week, which I went through and now it's totally fine and I'm clear.

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"But we are back in the knockout stages where it really counts and you get that extra spicy feeling". At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. "That is where I am at", added Carrick in a statement.

"I understood that I wouldn't be playing as many games, but I've been training hard and trying to keep fit".

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