Man United midfielder Carrick announces summer retirement

Michael Carrick

Carrick has won 12 major trophies in 12 years at Manchester United

The former England worldwide, 36, made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday to preview the Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla.

"I think it's pretty much already been said", Carrick told his pre-match press conference. "To be honest with you".

Carrick is to be offered a place on the manager's coaching staff but he would only say that is a "likely" option at the moment.

The classy playmaker arrived at the club from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006 and was awarded a testimonial a year ago, in recognition of his magnificent service to the Reds.

He added: "It's kind of been sorted out, but we're still talking about it so there is nothing to totally confirm yet".

A graduate of West Ham's youth academy alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand, Carrick went on to win five Premier League titles under Alex Ferguson. "But it's looking likely, yes". He became club captain following Wayne Rooney's departure to his boyhood club Everton last summer.

Michael Carrick will not play for Manchester United after this season.

"It's fine, it's something you've got to accept so that is where I'm at".

'Great teammate and one of the best I've played with.

"I had a problem in the Burton game it started in the second half, had a few tests and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week. There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit. I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at".

"I think it is quite refreshing to look at Scott and see how he deals with it", he said on the midfielder.

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