He has since started FA Cup games against Yeovil and Huddersfield and, ahead of the Champions League round-of-16 second leg with Sevilla at Old Trafford on Tuesday, he insists he is keen to play a part on the pitch between now and the end of the season.
Manchester United will be losing one of their last remaining links to the Sir Alex Ferguson era come the end of the campaign, with the veteran midfielder Michael Carrick announcing his retirement after 12 years of service with The Red Devils.
Carrick has seen his playing time this season limited after having gone minor surgery to correct an irregular heart rhythm.
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"That's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".
"There comes a time when, as much as you like or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football", the midfielder admitted. "That's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".
United last hosted a Champions League knockout game in 2014 and skipper Carrick says it is high time they competed again for European football's top trophy.
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United boss Jose Mourinho suggested at the beginning of the year that the 34-cap England global would likely bring the curtain down on his career at the end of the campaign and, speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Sevilla, Carrick confirmed the news.
"It's kind of been sorted out (for a coaching role)". We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet.
He became a Champions League victor when United saw off Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008 and, although he lost subsequent finals in Europe's top competition against Barcelona in 2009 and 2011, last season's Europa League triumph completed an individual clean sweep of major domestic and European club trophies. "It took a little while to get over". 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.
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"I need to keep myself fit and ready".
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