Manchester United midfielder Carrick to retire at end of season


Manchester United captain Michael Carrick's decision to hang up his boots after the end of the current season led the English midfielder to be feted by the who's who of world football, with former teammate and Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney leading the tributes.

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.

"Hopefully I can get some game-time at some point between now and the end of the season", he said.

"The good thing about it is that because he is so experienced and has been at the club for 12 years, the knowledge he has got, he can pass it down to the young lads".

The 36-year-old arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.

Former West Ham United and Tottenham midfielder Carrick has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time with Man United, and was handed the captain's armband previous year following Wayne Rooney's departure.

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"I remember him clearly in the dressing room, in the meetings eating every word, listening to everything. I wanted to finish on my own terms". "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded.

Carrick has made three appearances in all competitions since returning from the heart complaint, but the skipper is still hoping to have a say in United's fortunes before calling time on his playing career.

"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", he added, quoted by Goal journalist Kris Voakes.

"I don't know (if he can play), we don't know yet, but he trained a little bit after you left".

"Not looking past tomorrow night, but for seasons ahead now I think as a squad we need to develop, we need to be constantly in this position and expect it of ourselves and keep them standards high".