Michael Carrick, Manchester United midfielder has announced his retirement at the end of the season. Carrick has played 463 times for United since joining from Tottenham. “There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop.

 

In January, Jose Mourinho said he would be “very happy” if Carrick decided to stay at the club in a non-playing capacity. He has been restricted to only four appearances this season because of an irregular heart rhythm. Carrick 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.”

 

Michael Carrick joined West Ham as a youth player and made more than 150 appearances for the club before moving to Spurs in 2004. After two seasons at White Hart Lane, he moved to Old Trafford where he went on to win five Premier League titles and the Champions League and became club captain following Wayne Rooney's departure to Everton in the summer. He lost two Champions League finals to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. In his 12 years at United, he scored 24 goals and was given a testimonial by the club last June. Despite his success at club level, Carrick made just one appearance at a major tournament for England.

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