Michael Carrick shows class during Manchester United farewell

May 14, 2018, 04:54
Michael Carrick shows class during Manchester United farewell

Jose Mourinho is planning for Michael Carrick to be his long-term No2 at Manchester United but won't name a formal assistant-manager for next season following the departure of Rui Faria.

The France worldwide has been linked with a move away from the club, with Juventus, Chelsea and Tottenham mooted as possible destinations. So to see him left out was surprising. He was injured in Friday's training session and couldn't train yesterday.

"Martial is injured", said Mourinho. "I know Romelu [Lukaku] will be back for Tuesday, but Anthony I have to wait for".

Manchester United ended their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with a victory as they comfortably beat Watford 1-0 at on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford. This game posed very little importance for Jose Mourinho, so he started players that would not normally play.

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"The moment he's my assistant he will help in every aspect".

There had been speculation that Mourinho would appoint a new assistant but he says the role could go to Carrick once he obtains all his coaches' badges.

Seeing United walk round Wembley with the FA Cup - if, indeed that happens - will not alter that statistic nor wipe the smile off Guardiola's face.

Paying tribute to Faria, Mourinho said: "Seventeen years is hard". The most important quality is to be a MAN, capitals. It's the greatest club in the world and I thank you for your support for the last 12 years.

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Faria is one of the names who have been linked with filling the large vacuum being left by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

There was still time for Watford to put some pressure on the hosts in the final few minutes, but it was not enough to prevent United from winning their 25th game of the season and finishing in second place on 81 points. We've done a good job. "We wish him all the best for the future", the club tweeted. I trust some more than others that can bridge that gap.

"I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together". It wasn't ever going to be changed today but it can't be said that over the weeks since the semi final, the squad haven't had a chance to prove their own case.

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