Jose Mourinho expects Michael Carrick to be Man United assistant manager in future

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Jose Mourinho will go without an assistant manager next season but expects retiring Manchester United captain Michael Carrick to grow into the role.

Mourinho handed Carrick his 464th and final appearance in the 1-0 victory over Watford and the midfielder was given both a pre-match guard of honour and a standing ovation as he left the pitch at Old Trafford.

He will join the backroom team in the summer but not, for now at least, as a like-for-like heir to Rui Faria.

Mourinho has decided he cannot adequately replace his right-hand man of the past 17 years and will instead redesign his staff with no official deputy.

It is clear, though, that the seat is being kept warm for the five-time title-winner. “I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future,” he said.

“When he has his badges, when he has his pro licence, when he makes the bridge from player to assistant.

“I don’t think it (an immediate appointment) makes sense when Rui is leaving after 17 years. I have nobody in the world of football ready to be assistant manager. Nobody.”

Explaining his vision for next term, the Portuguese said: “Moving forward I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn’t exist.

“I’m going to have coaches, assistant coaches, I’m going to have fitness coaches and a structure where they have specialists in different areas. My Analysts.

“I’m going to bring some people in that until this moment you (the press) didn’t come up with the name yet.”

Carrick was full of praise for Mourinho, and said: “I need to thank Jose for giving me the opportunity. It is an unbelievable opportunity for me. I look forward to working with him and learning from him.

“He’s one of the best. He’ll teach me some things and we’re going to have some success in the near future, I’m certain of that.”

Addressing the fans, Carrick added: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their support over the years, it’s been unbelievable.

“I have a lot of memories to cherish, some I’ll never forget, especially of this place. It’s an amazing place to play football. It’s the greatest club in the world and I thank you for your support over the last 12 years.”

While Carrick might be hanging up his boots, his United team-mates still have the FA Cup final against Chelsea to prepare for.

Mourinho made nine changes to the side which beat the Hornets thanks to a Marcus Rashford tap-in made by Carrick’s long pass and laid on by Juan Mata’s selflessness.

Yet there was no Anthony Martial in the squad, despite Mourinho’s prior indication the Frenchman would start.

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Reports emerged that he had been seen driving away from the stadium in the hours before kick-off but Mourinho revealed a knee injury had kept him out.

“He’s injured,” he said. “Injured Friday in a training session, yesterday couldn’t train. He had treatment in the morning in the training ground and stayed away.”

Mourinho confirmed striker Romelu Lukaku would return to training on Tuesday following ankle trouble, good news for the cup final, but was less certain about Martial’s situation.

“We are waiting for the doctor,” he told MUTV. “But if it’s impossible to play today, I have my doubts.”

Watford boss Javi Gracia only arrived in January but faces an uncertain future at a club who have become known for their hire-and-fire policy.

Asked if he would be at Vicarage Road next season he was upbeat.

“Yes, I think so,” was his brief assessment. “I’ve already spoken many times with the owner, I can feel he is ambitious and he is looking forward for next season.

“I’m sure the owner will try to improve the level of the squad and the team, try to improve the position in the table.”

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Retiring Man United star Michael Carrick spares a thought for Sir Alex Ferguson in retirement address

Rory Dollard 14/05/2018
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Michael Carrick used his farewell speech at Old Trafford to underline Manchester United‘s ongoing support for Sir Alex Ferguson‘s recovery.

The club’s greatest ever manager continues to receive hospital treatment following a brain haemorrhage last weekend but is out of intensive care after responding well to surgery.

Taking to the microphone after ending his 12-year playing career with the Red Devils with a 1-0 win against Watford, Carrick was quick to spare a thought for the man who brought him to the club in 2006.

“It has been a tough week for everyone. He is a major part of the family, Sir Alex, and he’s had a tough week this week,” said the 36-year-old.

“I just want to say all our thoughts and prayers go to Sir Alex for his recovery.”

Ferguson was also on boss Jose Mourinho’s mind as he considered Carrick’s contribution to United over the course of 464 appearances and five title-winning campaigns.

“I can call Sir Alex the intelligent one to buy him and I can call him the happy one to have him for so many yeArs of his career as a phenomenal player,” said the Portuguese.

Mourinho had also written in his programme notes: “I must start by saying that everybody involved with Manchester United is sending their best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson and we are all very, very positive about his ongoing recovery.”

A message on the front cover of Sunday’s match programme read: “Sir Alex Ferguson is in all our thoughts, and as another home season comes to an end, the aim is to put in a display he’ll be proud of in our 1,000th Premier League game.”

Former United midfielder Paddy Crerand also paid tribute to his fellow Glaswegian in his column.

Crerand wrote: “Sir Alex has always been a fighter, so if anyone’s going to beat an illness, it’s him, without question. I know you fans will all be singing his name this afternoon.”

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Jose Mourinho praises assistant Rui Faria as he prepares to leave Man United

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Jose Mourinho‘s long-time assistant manager Rui Faria will leave Manchester United at the end of the season, the club have announced.

Faria has worked alongside Mourinho at Old Trafford since 2016, having also been on his coaching staff during both his spells at Chelsea as well as at Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Mourinho said on the United website: “17 years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness.

“17 years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.”

Faria has been mentioned in some reports as a possible contender to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.

Mourinho added: “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. Be happy, brother.”

Faria said: “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on. I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences.

“However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.

“My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.

“I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period.

“I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional.

“I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.”

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