Michael Carrick will retire as a Manchester United player at the end of the season, but has taken up a chance to remain at the club as a first team coach. Carrick was was diagnosed with an irregular heart rhythm following tests last year but has had a procedure to correct the issue. He is now back in training for United but has only managed one first team appearance all season, coming in a victory over Burton in the Carabao Cup.
Mourinho was asked whether Carrick ,36, will take up a coaching role next season:
“When he wants it, yes.”,
He’s a very important player for us. I think the decision – to be made 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.
“So 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.”
Carrick has enjoyed a hugely successful career at Old Trafford since joining in a £16 million move from Tottenham in 2006. His United career has brought five Premier League titles, Champions League, Europa League and the Fifa Club World Cup. In his twelve years at the club, including 316 appearances, Carrick has become a fan favourite for his consistent yet classy performances, most notably under Sir Alex Ferguson in United’s period of dominance. The 36 year old midfielder has been through the lot with the club during his stay and can be no doubt considered a United great.