Man United boss Jose Mourinho hopes to face assistant Rui Faria in future

Andy Hampson 15/05/2018
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho hopes his outgoing assistant Rui Faria will come up against him in opposition in future.

Faria, Mourinho’s long-serving number two, is stepping down from his role at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Faria has worked alongside Mourinho for the past 17 years, from his early managerial days in Portugal through to his successes with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United.

For the time being it seems that Faria, 42, intends to take a break but Mourinho believes he has the credentials to be a manager himself. Indeed, he has even been linked with the upcoming vacancy at Arsenal.

Asked if this felt like the end of an era, Mourinho told MUTV: “Yes, but maybe one day we are playing against each other in the Premier League.

“If that moment arrives, I will be a very proud guy because this man came to me when he was a kid 17 years ago. So, if that happens, I will be a very proud guy.”

Mourinho and Faria have one more game together as United face Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley next Saturday.

Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United and Rui Faria

United wrapped up their Premier League campaign on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford scored the only goal but the main highlight of a largely unremarkable game was the farewell appearance of Michael Carrick.

Veteran midfielder Carrick, 36, is hanging up his boots to take up a position on Mourinho’s backroom staff – although that move was planned before news of Faria’s departure was announced at the weekend.

Initially Mourinho intends to continue without a designated assistant but he hopes Carrick can grow into that role. He already has no doubt he will be able to call on Carrick’s expertise when it comes to identifying new players, particularly in his old midfield role.

Mourinho said: “I have to make the decisions but of course my assistants have an opinion.

“He has, in relation to his position, a different vision than any other opinion that we can have from any scout or any analyst department.”

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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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