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

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

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

    Carrick, 36, has played 463 times for United since joining from Tottenham for £18m in 2006 and won 34 England caps.

    But he has been restricted to only four appearances this season because of an irregular heart rhythm.

    Manager Jose Mourinho said in January Carrick would take up the club’s offer of a first-team coaching role at the end of the season.

    Carrick joined West Ham as a youth player and made more than 150 appearances for the Hammers before moving to Spurs in 2004.

    After two seasons at White Hart Lane, he secured a move to Old Trafford, where he went on to win five Premier League titles and the Champions League and became club captain following Wayne Rooney’s departure to Everton in the summer.

    He also lost two Champions League finals to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

    Last season’s Europa League triumph completed Carrick’s sweep of domestic and European club trophies.

    In his 12 years at United, he has scored 24 goals and was given a testimonial by the club last June.

    Despite his success at club level, Carrick made just one appearance at a major tournament for England.

    ‘An incredible career’

    Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves told BBC Radio 5 live.

    Anybody who has ever played with him will say he is one of the best passers of a football they have played with. He was an exceptional team-mate and I got to know Michael in the England Under-21s while I was still at Bayern Munich. He really stuck out as someone with so much composure, his ability to pass a ball, and he was very humble and quiet.

    The career he has gone on to have, the success he has had is not a surprise. He is one of those team-mates who you know exactly what you are going to get, especially if you play with him in midfield. You can trust him and he was one of the most unselfish players I played with.

    He is a real player’s player. If you asked Paul Scholes or Ryan Giggs, they would always say they loved playing with Michael Carrick because used to put the ball in the perfect position. He did not get enough credit for the defensive side of his game. He has had an incredible career – the longevity he has had and being in teams that won titles and trophies shows how remarkable he was.

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