Mourinho's ally Faria to leave United

Kristopher Nichols
May 14, 2018

Manchester United's Michael Carrick salutes the fans as he leaves the field after his final playing appearance, during their English Premier League soccer match against Watford at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, Sunday, May 13, 2018.

For a player who already had one testimonial, having this one effectively play out as a second was a little greedy - but all jokes aside, it's a fond farewell to a player who will go down as one of Manchester United's best ever midfielders. The headline news here was Anthony Martial's unavailability because of a muscular problem, with some confusion regarding whether he was seen driving away from the ground just before kick-off.

United's victory marked Michael Carrick's final game at Old Trafford, the midfielder setting up the only goal as his lofted pass over the Watford defence enabled Juan Mata to tee up Marcus Rashford. I am going to have assistant coaches, I am going to have fitness coaches and a structure where they are specialists in different areas connected to the performance, and I'm not going to have an assistant managing in the sense of the word.

"I think it will be Michael Carrick in future, when he has his badges".

His time at club is not over however, as once he hangs up his boots he will become part of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff. "He was injured, he was injured Friday training session, yesterday couldn't train".

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"17 Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester", said Mourinho. We spend more time with each other than we do with anyone else in our lives.

Watford's potential decision on Javi Gracia: Watford have been prone to chopping and changing managers after every season and this campaign brought something of a surprise after Marco Silva was axed in January.

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". We've done a good job. He is the best player outside the top six and although he said on Sunday that he wants to stay at Selhurst Park, he's bound to attract interest.

"That is the hardest thing for me but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision".

Meanwhile, Mourinho had a positive update on Romelu Lukaku, as he added, "I'm waiting for the doctor but when it's impossible to play today, I have my doubts (for the cup final)".

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