Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to retire at end of the season


Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has confirmed he is to call it quits with professional football at the end of the season.

Admitting that United have no "advantage", Mourinho said a pre-match press conference yesterday: "The first leg leaves everything open for tomorrow".

There has been much speculation about the future of Pogba at the Old Trafford.

But the tough games do not stop for United, as they are back in action this week when they welcome Spanish giants Sevilla in the Round of 16 second-leg of the Champions League this week. He plays for Manchester United many, many matches.

Mourinho insisted the game against Sevilla was "more important" than the one just gone against Liverpool. McTominay and Matic plugged the gaps and, along with Ashley Young hounding Mohamed Salah, blunted Liverpool's lethal forward line.

Anthony Martial is back in contention after resuming full training today but Alexis Sanchez is expected to keep his place in attack despite not hitting top form yet following his January move from Arsenal.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to retire at end of the season
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to retire at end of the season

It's been one of the best spells in Manchester United's season in recent weeks. However, a brace from Marcus Rashford against Liverpool at the weekend will give the Manchester side a confidence boost ahead of the La Liga outfit, a side arguably lighter on quality. He had a dream start to the 2017-18 campaign, assisting 5 times in his first 3 games, but then came an injury.

As things stand after a tiresome affair in the first leg, it's 0-0, with no away goal for United in Spain, and Sevilla failing to capitalise on their home advantage.

The last time these two sides met, Manchester United held on to a scoreless draw at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan last month in a game where Los Nervionenses could have easily escaped with the win based on all the scoring chances they missed.

Sevilla's best achievement at the UEFA Champions League was in the 1958 season when they reached the quarter finals but lost to Real Madrid 10-2 on aggregate. Their form since the first leg is not encouraging.

At the same time, it has to be remembered that Sevilla were the team disappointed with the fact that the first leg ended goalless.

Former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas is unlikely to make the squad as he recovers from injury.

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