Michael Carrick to consider retiring if Manchester United contract expires

Midfielder Michael Carrick has been awarded a testimonial by Manchester United at the end of the season, with the former England worldwide donating all proceeds to charity.

Carrick is set to stage his testimonial at Old Trafford on June 4 - the day after the Champions League final.

The All-Stars team will include Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen in its ranks.

Money raised by the event will be distributed by the newly-created Michael Carrick Foundation.

The 35-year-old midfielder, who has announced details of his testimonial, revealed that he is yet to speak to United manager Jose Mourinho about a new contract.

He said he was "excited at the prospect of bringing together some former teammates as well as some of the best players I've played against".

Three other players from that double-winning squad that I, for various reasons, would also want to see are Cristiano Ronaldo (obviously), Anderson (mainly for sheer comedic value) and, most pertinently, Carlos Tevez.

Michael Carrick says he will strongly consider retiring if his Manchester United contract is not extended this summer. "I think so. I couldn't say definitely but pretty much".

Carrick, whose deal expires at the end of the season, has played 443 matches and scored 24 goals for United since he signed from Tottenham for £18.6million in 2006.

Meanwhile, Stormzy is no stranger to United collaborations, having helped announce Paul Pogba's return to Old Trafford last summer.

But Carrick's importance has been highlighted throughout the campaign, and Mourinho now wants to keep him for next season. "He has a big understanding of the game and is a great role model for our younger players".

  • Julie Sanders