"There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop".
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.
Carrick joins a host of other recently retired English footballers who have taken various roles within coaching, such as Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes. "We're still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it's looking likely".
The Red Devils captain has confirmed plans to hang up his boots come the summer following a 12-year spell at Old Trafford, racking up 463 total club appearances in the process and scoring 24 goals.
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The former England global made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday ahead of the Champions League last-16, second-leg match against Sevilla. "That is where I am at", said the midfielder.
'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.
"So, I was determined to get back fit. There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".
"I understood I'd be getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as probably I might have done, but that's something that I understood". "I still see myself as a player - for now anyway - and I am still enjoying training and being out with the boys".
"In terms of being remembered, just someone who tried to do things the right way..."