Michael Carrick to retire at end of season

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Manchester United will be losing one of their last remaining links to the Sir Alex Ferguson era come the end of the campaign, with the veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announcing his retirement after 12 years of service with The Red Devils.

The the 36-year old former England worldwide, made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalists ahead of his teams Champions league second half clash against Sevilla.

"There comes a time when as much as you don't like, it's time to stop playing football", Carrick confirmed, quoted by the Press Association's Simon Peach.

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Carrick has played a limited role for United this season after undergoing a routine heart procedure following a League Cup tie with Burton in September.

Jose Mourinho has made it clear that Carrick will be welcome to join his coaching set-up at Old Trafford and the player also added that something will be sorted out in due course. "We re still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it s looking likely". He further talked about his coaching role with the club, with whom he has seen his best days in professional football and said the talks are on but nothing is concrete yet.

During his time at Old Trafford he has won a whole host of major honours including five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, three League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League while in 2013 he was named the club's Player of the Season.

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"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit".

"I'm totally fine now, took a bit of time to get over".

The 36-year-old struggled to cement a starting berth in England's midfield, with former managers such as Sven-Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson instead favouring the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at".

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