Weekend Post (South Africa)

Carrick may call time if United fail to offer deal


MANCHESTER United midfielder Michael Carrick hinted he could call time on his career if the club did not offer him a new contract for the next season.

Carrick, who is out of contract at the end of the campaign, has been reduced to a bit-part role in United’s squad under manager Jose Mourinho, having made just 11 Premier League appearance­s so far.

“Retirement almost depends on how long I’m here. I don’t think there’s many places I’d want to play, if any, after this anyway.

“I probably would say yes – that would be it if I left in the summer,” Carrick said.

The 35-year-old Carrick, who was awarded a June 4 testimonia­l by United on Thursday, has spent 11 years at the club, winning 16 major trophies, including five league titles.

“I haven’t really had that much of a conversati­on with him [Mourinho] at the moment. Obviously that will happen pretty soon. That’s something I’m really relaxed about. I’m sure he is as well,” Carrick added.

“I’ve had such a time here, that I don’t think I would go elsewhere. I feel really good, to be honest. You’ve just got to judge how you go. It can change quite quickly. I feel fine.”

United, currently sixth in the league, host 14th-placed Bournemout­h today. – Reuters

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