Manchester United's Carrick to retire at end of the season

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday

However, he has featured in just four games this season having had a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm detected in a League Cup game against Burton Albion in September.

"There comes a time when as much as you don't like it, it's time to stop playing football", Carrick told a press conference ahead of United's Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Sevilla.

"I think it's pretty much already been said, to be honest with you", he replied when asked whether he was retiring.

Carrick grew up near Newcastle but moved to West Ham aged 15, where he made his professional debut.

Unite manager Jose Mourinho has said he would be keen to add Carrick to his first-team coaching staff and the former England worldwide admits there is a good chance he could be on the bench from next season.

The classy playmaker arrived at the club from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006 and was awarded a testimonial previous year, in recognition of his magnificent service to the Reds.

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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.

"It's kind of been sorted", added Carrick. "But it's looking likely, yeah". He became club captain following Wayne Rooney's departure to his boyhood club Everton last summer. That's where I'm at and you have got to accept it.

Michael Carrick will not play for Manchester United after this season.

'Great teammate and one of the best I've played with.

"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit".

"I need to keep myself fit and ready".

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