Manchester United and Michael Carrick have confirmed that this will be the final season of the midfielder’s distinguished playing career.
The Tyneside-born Carrick, 36, was diagnosed with a heart problem earlier this year and has spent limited time on the field.
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He still hopes to play at some point this season to go out on his “own terms,” but knows he’s reached the end.
“There comes a time when, as much as you like or don’t like it, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football. That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you have to accept. That’s where I’m at.”
Carrick was 25 when he joined United from Spurs, and has an incredible resume to show for it. He’s claimed five Premier League titles, a Champions League crown, a Europa League triumph, three League Cups, and an FA Cup.
He’s expected to join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff after the season, though Carrick said that’s not entirely confirmed yet.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho announced Friday night that 36-year-old midfielder Michael Carrick will retire after this season and join the Red Devils’ coaching staff.
Carrick has made just one appearance for Manchester United this season, back on September 20th in an EFL Cup match against Burton Albion. He has been on the sidelines recovering since an irregular heartbeat was discovered after he felt “strange” in the second half of that game. However, Carrick has been training with the team since November and Mourinho confirmed he could finish out his career on the pitch.
“[He had] a few months without even training so now he is in his second week of training with the team,” Mourinho said to the media ahead of Manchester United’s match against Burnley on Saturday morning. “He is a very important player for us. I think it is a good decision for the team and a good decision for him to finish playing football and not injured or with some problem.”
Mourinho confirmed that the club has offered him a position on the team’s coaching staff, and that he expects Carrick to accept.
“We are all happy and in the end of the season I expect him to join,” Mourinho said, “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 began his career in London in the West Ham youth system, making his professional debut in 2005 and spending five years with the Hammers before moving across town to Tottenham in 2004. He spent two seasons at White Hart Lane before heading north and joining Manchester United in the summer of 2006, where he would go on to 460 appearances across all competitions, scoring 23 goals and assisting 36 others. He has won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, as well as a Champions League, an FA Cup, and three League Cups.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Michael Carrick will be offered a coaching role at Manchester United if an irregular heartbeat prevents him from returning to action, Jose Mourinho said on Saturday.
Carrick released a statement via his Twitter account on Friday revealing the condition that has kept him from playing since September.
Although the midfielder stated his intention to return, the United manager assured him that he has a future at the club either way.
“Michael as a person is more important than Michael as a player,” Mourinho said. “So we gave him the time to relax, to recover, and to feel confident.
“He knows that my coaching staff has a chair for him if he wants, when he wants. The chair is there in the office for him. I want that, the board wants that, the owners want that, so Michael is in a comfortable situation of his future will be with us.
“But he wants to be a player until the end of the season and now he feels confident to be back, training. One more option for us. We need players and if Michael wants, I am happy with that.”
Carrick said he underwent tests after “feeling strange” on Sept. 20 during a League Cup match against Burton Albion. He then had a procedure called a cardiac ablation.
In a statement on Friday, Carrick said, “I feel fine now. I’d like to reassure everyone that I’m healthy and back training hard with the team.”
The game against Burton was the 36-year-old Carrick’s only appearance this season.
Manchester United captain Michael Carrick hasn’t played for his club since Sept. 20, a confounding period of more than two months now, and the reason for the 36-year-old midfielder’s absence has finally come to light: an irregular heartbeat.
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The condition, which Carrick announced himself on Friday, was first detected after Man United’s League Cup victory over Burton Albion. He has since undergone a cardiac ablation, a procedure to scar or destroy tissue in your heart that’s allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Carrick was named the new United captain this summer following the departure of Wayne Rooney. As told in the above statement, he is working toward full fitness and once again being available for selection in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Hooray for modern technology and medicine, which allow otherwise baffling medical conditions to be diagnosed, treated and recovered from in a matter of weeks or months.
Jose Mourinho insists he doesn’t want to talk about all of the injuries he has at Manchester United, and soon he might not have to.
A report from the Daily Mail states that Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo have all trained with United’s reserve squad during the international break, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic not far off a return to team training either.
Pogba has been out since early September (missing 12 games) with a hamstring problem, while Rojo suffered a serious knee ligament injury at the end of last season and Carrick has recovered from a virus.
The news that Pogba could return for United’s game against Newcastle United on Nov. 18 will be music to the ears of Mourinho. There’s no doubt United have missed his ability to run forward from midfield and link up with his close friend Romelu Lukaku and without Pogba the fluidity of their midfield play just hasn’t been there.
As for Rojo, he had a strong season for United in central defense and at left back in 2016-17 and has become an essential player for Mourinho. If the Red Devils persist with a 3-5-2 system then Rojo will likely start as the left-sided center back alongside Phil Jones and Eric Bailly in central defense.
Carrick will play a bit-part role but given Ander Herrera‘s recent struggles in midfield, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the veteran midfielder play his fair share of games alongside Nemanja Matic and Maraoune Fellaini in the engine room.
All in all, this is very good news for United but it also halts any excuses Mourinho was starting to have for a loss of form for his side.
United do sit second in the Premier League table but they’re eight points behind leaders, and crosstown rivals, Manchester City. Having this trio back fit, plus Ibra improving all the time, will give United a big boost ahead of the massive Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Dec. 10 and the busy festive period on the horizon.