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END OF AN ERA

Man United captain to become first-team coach after retiring at end of season

Michael Carrick has not played since experiencing an irregular heart rhythm and boss Jose Mourinho has backed his foray into the dugout

It’s an end of an era, folks. 

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that club captain Michael Carrick will retire from football at the end of the season.

But it looks like the 36-year-old will sticking around, with Mourinho offering him a first-team coaching role after hanging up his boots.

Michael Carrick has announced his retirement at the end of the season

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Michael Carrick has announced his retirement at the end of the season

Carrick has not played for the side since experiencing an irregular heartbeat back in September.

The England midfielder, who’s won the Champions League with the Red Devils, underwent treatment and began training again last November.


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Mourinho, speaking of Carrick’s coaching role at the club, said: “The club would be very happy for him to do that.

“I would be very happy also for him to do that. I expect him to join.

Michael Carrick will retire at the end of the season

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Michael Carrick will retire at the end of the season

Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes pose with the Premier League trophy in 2013

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Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes pose with the Premier League trophy in 2013

“[He had] a few months without even training so now he is in his second week of training with the team. He is a very important player for us.

“I think it is a good decision for the team and and a good decision for him to finish playing football and not injured or with some problem.”


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Carrick, a five-time Premier League champion, had a cardiac ablation – a treatment that aims to control or correct certain types of abnormal heart rhythms – after “feeling strange” during the 4-1 EFL Cup victory over Burton September 20.

That was his only appearance of the season.

The Man Utd midfielder will take up a coaching role at the club

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The Man Utd midfielder will take up a coaching role at the club

Michael Carrick lifts the Premier League trophy after the match against Blackpool at Old Trafford in May 2011

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Michael Carrick lifts the Premier League trophy after the match against Blackpool at Old Trafford in May 2011

Two months ago Mourinho admitted he wanted Carrick as part of his backroom team once he had hung up his boots and the midfielder has indicated a willingness to take up the position.

“When he wants (it), yes,” Mourinho said.

Carrick, who joined United in 2006 after two years at Spurs also won one FA Cup, Europa League trophy and Fifa Club World Cup with the side.


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