Man United captain Carrick confirms plans to retire

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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.

Speaking ahead of the second leg of United's Champions League knockout tie against Sevilla, he told the world that he was, basically, knackered.

"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. "That's pretty much where I am at", said Carrick explaining his stand on retiring.

Carrick, who will retire from playing football at the end of the season, hailed the 21-year-old's hard work and focus which he believes is giving McTominay the best chance of fulfilling an established career.

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Carrick added: "All the glitz and the glamour that can surround things these days, Scott doesn't seem too interested in that, which is fantastic - especially at this stage of his career". "We're still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet, but it's looking likely".

He said that a move into coaching at United was "looking likely".

"I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really".

Manchester United have won the Premier League title since 2013. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded. "There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that". So far this season, the midfielder has been restricted to just four appearances because of cardiac arrhythmia. "I still see myself as a player - for now anyway - and I am still enjoying training and being out with the boys". Tried to work for the team, being known as a team player I think is important.

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