Michael Carrick will retire from football if he is not offered a new contract by Manchester United, report the Daily Mail.
Carrick moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2006, and hasn’t looked back. The 35-year-old has made 443 appearances for Man United, finding the back of the net on 24 occasions. He has also lifted 16 pieces of silverware for the Red Devils, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League.
He is one of the most underrated players of his generation. Despite making 34 appearances for the England national team, just one of those came at a major tournament. Perhaps if he featured more for his country, England’s fortunes in major tournaments may have been different.
Carrick still appears to have plenty left in the tank and has made 22 appearances under Jose Mourinho’s stewardship this term. Despite that, he could reportedly call time on his career at the season.
The Daily Mail report that Carrick will retire from professional football if Man United do not extend his contract, which is set to expire at the season’s end. He would be a great loss to the Premier League, which is still sore from the departures of Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard. Carrick deserves to be held in that esteemed company.