Michael Carrick has signalled his inclination to take up United’s offer of a first-team coaching role once he draws to a close his footballing career at the end of this year’s campaign.
After withstanding a cardiac ablation last year with a view to rectifying an irregular heart rhythm, the Man Utd captain has only operated for 90 minutes on the pitch this season, in the Carabao Cup win over Burton Albion in September.
According to recent reports, the club gaffer had conceded the English footballer was about to return to full-fledged training over the past weeks, and maintained that the 36-year-old would definitely have an impact on the remainder of the current season.
However, the United tactician has indicated that the celebrated midfielder has decided to put a lid on his resplendent 19-year professional career when his contract perishes at the end of this season, and has acknowledged the offer laid at his feet to plug into the six-man back-room team.
When inquired whether Carrick had agreed to take up the offer, the illustrious coach replied: “Yes. A few months without even training so now he is in his second week of training with the team. He’s a very important player for us.
“I think the decision [to move into coaching] to be 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 at 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.”
The United No.16 has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League in the course of his 12 years at Old Trafford, and his departure would indubitably sting a bit for the supporters.
But the fact that the talented figure might linger at the club, operating in the coaching department, would conceivably comfort them up.
Written by Hritwik NE
Passionate writer, coated in Blue.