Michael Carrick to hang up his boots at end of the season

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"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".

United boss Jose Mourinho suggested at the beginning of the year that the 34-cap England worldwide would likely bring the curtain down on his career at the end of the campaign and, speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Sevilla, Carrick confirmed the news. "It's something that you have got to accept".

On the eve of Manchester United's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match against Sevilla, the 36-year old made the decision known when quizzed by journalists. That's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine. "That's where I'm at".


Carrick, capped 34 times by England, has looked likely to leave United in recent summers only to pen extensions at a club that rewarded his fine service with a testimonial previous year.

As such, he's likely to take on a coaching role from next season - discussions are ongoing but "it's been kind of sorted out". "We're still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it's looking likely".

"I had a problem in the Burton game it started in the second half, had a few tests and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week".


'I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded.

Carrick joined United in 2006 and won five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013), one FA Cup (2016) and three League Cups ( 2009, 2010, 2017).

He became a Champions League victor when United saw off Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008 and, although he lost subsequent finals in Europe's top competition against Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, last season's Europa League triumph completed an individual clean sweep of major domestic and European club trophies.


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