Manchester United's Michael Carrick to retire at end of season


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

While Carrick has always had his critics, he has been admired by every United coach he's worked with, from Alex Ferguson all the way through to Mourinho.

"You don't know what you've really got until you are tested".

Speaking ahead of the second leg of United's Champions League knockout tie against Sevilla, he told the world that he was, basically, knackered. He has been pretty much an ever-present since then, credit to him. "That's where I'm at". "But it's looking likely, yes".

The 21-year-old came up through the club's ranks and is now firmly established on Jose Mourinho's team-sheet.

Carrick added: "Scott has had a similar ride to Marcus (Rashford)". We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing to totally confirm as yet. "I had a procedure the following week", he said.

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The 36-year-old, who joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 for an £18m fee, became a mainstay in his side over the years and has a decorated trophy cabinet - winning five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League trophy.

"I'm clear now, it took a bit of time to get over".

"There were some times there, two or three days, when I wondered whether I would carry on playing or not, is it worth it or not?"

"I've been training hard and we'll see what happens for the rest of the season". 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. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit.

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.