Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is expected to retire at the end of the season. The player has made the announcement, saying: “There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at.”
Earlier in the year, Coach Jose Mourinho said he would be pleased if the player remained at the club in a non-playing capacity. Due to Carrick’s medical condition, he has only featured four times this term aside very limited appearances last season as well.
The player who was diagnosed with irregular heart rhythm added: “After the heart issue, I had two or three days thinking ‘am I going to carry on?’ I got back fit and wanted to finish on my own terms. I need to keep myself fit and ready. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.”
Carrick started his career at West Ham before moving to Tottenham in 2004. He joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s United team in 2006 in an £18 million deal. He is highly decorated with five Premier League titles and a Champions League title. He was in the team that went on to win the Europa League title last term. His other trophy hauls include one FA Cup, three League Cups and a club World Cup.
His retirement is expected following recent developments. He spent 12 years at the club and was honoured with a testimonial last June. He is known for his passing skills and might be underrated due to the talented midfielders that featured in his prime.