Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Man United captain Carrick to retire

Man United captain Carrick to retire

"It's something that you have got to accept".

The Manchester United captain after he was asked if he was retiring said: "There comes a time when, as much as you like or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football".

"That's pretty much where I am at".

The 36-year-old said that a move into coaching at United was "looking likely".

"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", Carrick added, discussing his health problem. We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet. Despite these global appearances, the midfielder has only made one appearance at a major tournament for England, often being overlooked in favour of the likes of Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.

He had treatment for an irregular heartbeat but is now back in contention, including for Tuesday's Champions League tie with Sevilla.

Carrick still hopes to play a part for Jose Mourinho's side in the remainder of the season, fully recovered from the heart issue.

"There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

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

"I need to keep myself fit and ready".

During his tenure at United the Newcastle-born midfielder has scored 24 goals and has already been given a testimonial by the club, which took place last June.

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