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Manchester United’s longest serving player breaks hearts – set to retire at the end of the season
By Robert Abong'o | Updated Jan 20, 2018 at 11:09 EAT
Valencia and Carrick hold up the Community Shield

Michael Carrick is set to retire at the end of the season

He will join Jose Mourinho's coaching staff - if he accepts the offer

After 12 years of being a Manchester United player, making 460 appearances and scoring 24 goals, Michael Carrick, Man United’s longest serving player at the moment is set to retire at the end of the season and join Jose Mourinho’s first team coaching staff.

Carrick was signed from Tottenham by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2006 for his world-class qualities as a defensive midfielder.

Since then, he has won five Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup, one Europa League, three League cups and 6 Community shields.

He has only featured once for the Red Devils this season, a Carabao Cup tie against Burton.

The 36-year-old midfield maestro was the diagnosed with an unbalanced heart rhythm but was operated on and returned to training.

Jose Mourinho revealed that Carrick was to take up a coaching role in the team, but will make an appearance before he joins the ‘special One’ in the Old Trafford dugout.

Mourinho added that Carrick was in his second week of training and would feature anytime soon for Man United.

“Very important player for us. I think the decision at the end of the season and not last week is a good decision for the team and a good decision for him to finish playing football and not injured or with some problem. We are all happy and in the end of the season I expect him to join, 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,” said Mourinho when speaking to journalists.

Carrick will be remembered for his astonishing passing skills, his composure on the ball and also his ability to control the tempo of the game even if Man United were under pressure. He would easily fit into any team in the world but gave all to play for Man United and win trophies.

He also has 34 caps for the England National team but never scored a goal for them. 

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