Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has announced midfielder Michael Carrick will retire at the end of the season, with a view to joining the coaching team in the summer, reports Sky Sports.
The 36-year-old struggled with an irregular heart rhythm but corrected the issue and has since returned to training. He’s hardly featured for United since, however, making just one Carabao Cup appearance this season, and his playing career looks all but over as a result.
Mourinho confirmed as much, and revealed plans to include Carrick into the coaching staff in the summer. The Portuguese manager was asked if the English midfielder was going to accept the coaching role, and said: “When he wants (it), yes.
“(He’s a) very important player for us. I think the decision – to be (made) at the end of the season and not last week – is a good decision for the team and a good decision for him to finish playing football and not injured or with some problem.
“So, we are all happy and in the end of the season I expect him to join, unless he changes his mind, but the club would be very happy for him to do that. I would be very happy also for him to do that.”
Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, and has gone on to make 460 appearances for the Red Devils. Out of contract in the summer, an extension never seemed likely as the veteran ball-player had Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera ahead of him in the pecking order.
The former West Ham United man, who represented the England national team on 34 occasions, has won five league titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup, one Europa League crown and one Champions League trophy during his 12 years at Old Trafford.