Manchester United stalwart Michael Carrick has today announced that he will retire from football at the end of the season.
The 36-year old midfielder, often considered as one of the most underrated English midfielders of all time, played 463 times for United in all competitions since signing from Tottenham for £18million in 2006.
He also won 34 England caps, having made his international debut in 2001.
It had been expected that Carrick would retire at the end of this current season, with him having missed much of the campaign after having surgery on an irregular heart rhythm.
Manager Jose Mourinho had said before that he would be “very happy” if Carrick decided to remain with the club in a non-playing capacity, which Carrick said that was “looking likely” to happen.
On retiring, Carrick had this to say;
“There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at.
“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. I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at.”
Carrick began his career with West Ham and played over 150 appearances for the Hammers, while also spending loan spells with Birmingham City and Swindon Town.
Carrick left for Tottenham in 2004 and spent two seasons at White Hart Lane, playing in 75 games for Spurs, before joining Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
During his time with the Red Devils, Carrick won an array of silverware, including;
- Five Premier League titles (2006/7, 2007/8, 2008/9, 2010/11, 2012/13)
- Six Community Shields (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016)
- Three League Cups (2008/09, 2009/10, 2016/17)
- One FA Cup (2015/16)
- One Champions League title (2007/08)
- One Europa League title (2016/17)
- One FIFA Club World Cup title (2008)
He also lost two Champions League finals to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, and became captain of the club following Wayne Rooney’s departure to Everton last summer.