Manchester United captain Michael Carrick confirms retirement decision

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"That's pretty much where I am at", said Carrick explaining his stand on retiring.

It has always been expected that Carrick would hang up his boots at the end of the campaign - something the veteran confirmed on Monday, along with his intention to take up manager Mourinho's offer to join the coaching staff. "You can't live like you've had a career before you've had the career - you've got to earn it". "It's kind of been sorted out (for a coaching role)".

The former England worldwide, 36, made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday to preview the Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla. "We re still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it s looking likely".

Carrick is expected to be part of the Manchester United coaching staff from next season and May insisted that it is important that the Red Devils keep hold of the former Tottenham man.

Carrick underwent a treatment for irregular heart rhythm a year ago after he complained of feeling uneasy in Manchester United's clash against Burton in the Carabao Cup.

'Obviously, I had the problem in the Burton game, when it started during the second half, and then had a few tests after that, ' he told the media ahead of tomorrow's game. Carrick made just one Premier League appearance this season and saw Nemanja Matic partner Ander Herrera and lately Scott Mctominay as his replacements in the United midfield. "I wanted to finish on my own terms". "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at". "I've been training hard and we'll see what happens for the rest of the season", said Carrick.

Jose Mourinho has already suggested the 36-year-old will be hanging up his boots, calling time on a marvellous playing career, but the Reds midfielder has now clarified this will be the case. "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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