Michael Carrick has confirmed he will retire from playing at the end of the season after 12 years at Manchester United.
The 36-year-old, who underwent surgery earlier this season to address an irregular heartbeat, has decided to bring the curtain down on his glittering career.
"There comes a time, wether you like it or not, that your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football,” said Carrick.
“That’s pretty much where I’m at. It’s something you’ve got to accept.”
Carrick, who won five Premier League titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup and three League Cups with United, has taken up a role within Mourinho’s coaching staff.
"It’s kind of been sorted out, but we’re still talking about it, so there’s nothing to totally confirm yet,” said Carrick. “But it’s looking likely."
Recalling the heart problem that afflicted him in September, Carrick said: "I had a problem during the Burton game during the second-half.
“I had a few tests after that and the same problem came back on the Sunday of that week in training.
"I had the procedure the following week. It took a little while to get over.
“There were some times there, two or three days, when I wondered whether I would carry on playing or not, is it worth it or not?
"But that quickly passed and I got back fit. I wanted to finish on my own terms, so I was determined to get back fit.
"I’ve been training hard and we’ll see what happens for the rest of the season."
Carrick paid tribute to emerging young United midfielder Scott McTominay and said the 21-year-old had the right mentality to succeed long-term at Old Trafford.
“It’s quite refreshing to look at Scott and see how he deals with it,” said Carrick.
“He goes about his business, he comes in, he’s always doing extra in training, he’s desperate to do well and always looking for those little things to improve on.
“All the glitz and the glamour that can surround young players these days, he doesn’t seem too interested in, which is fantastic, especially at this stage of his career.
“It’s about making a career. You can’t live like you have had a career before you have had a career. You’ve got to earn it.”
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