Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick confirms retirement from football

"There comes a time when, you like it or you don't like it, your body tells you it's time to top playing football and that's pretty much where I'm at", Carrick said on Monday.

The 36-year-old, who won 34 caps for England, underwent a procedure in November to treat an irregular heart rhythm, after which he declared himself "healthy", but he has only played three times since.

Carrick recently confirmed that he will be retiring from football at the end of the season, but has backed 21-year-old McTominay to go on and achieve great success at the club. "That is where I am at", Carrick said, as reported by the BBC.

Carrick added: "Scott has had a similar ride to Marcus (Rashford). You can't live like you've had a career before you've had the career - you've got to earn it".

The former England worldwide, 36, made the announcement at United's press conference on Monday to preview the Champions League last 16, second leg against Sevilla.

On whether he still hopes to play a part in the run-in after recovering fully from a heart problem earlier in the season: "Obviously, I had the problem in the Burton game, when it started during the second half, and then had a few tests after that".

"You get that extra spicy feeling, there's that little bit extra to it and we want to be playing these games".

The 36-year-old is the longest-serving player at the club, having joined from Tottenham in 2006 and gone on to win the Champions League and five Premier League titles, among many other trophies. For two or three days I was thinking am going to carry on playing is it worth it but that passed and I got fit. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at". At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit.

"Not looking past tomorrow night, but for seasons ahead now I think as a squad we need to develop, we need to be constantly in this position and expect it of ourselves and keep them standards high".

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