Man United's Carrick to hang up his boots at end of season

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick has heaped praise on Scott McTominay for his impressive performances in the Manchester United team.

Carrick said: 'There comes a time when as much as you don't like it, it's time to stop playing football. "That's pretty much where I am at", said Carrick explaining his stand on retiring.

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.

Carrick underwent a procedure earlier in the season to treat an irregular heart rhythm.

"It's kind of being sorted out, we're still talking about it to be honest".


While he's not officially said yes, the classy midfielder seems to be inclined to taking up Mourinho on the offer and an announcement is likely to be made in the summer regarding his future at the club.

The 36-year-old struggled to cement a starting berth in England's midfield, with former managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson instead favouring the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

With United out of contention in the Premier League, their sole chances of winning any silverware in Carrick's final season lie in the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

'I understood after getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as perhaps I might have done, but that's something that I understood. "I've just been training hard and trying to keep fit and have managed to play a few games so far and we'll see what happens towards the end of the season". "There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

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