Mourinho expects Carrick to be future Man United assistant boss

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The Englishman would be joining the club's coaching side and Jose Mourinho also added that he could see the former Spurs man become his assistant in the near future.

United - who round off their Premier League campaign against Watford on Sunday and then face Chelsea in the FA Cup final - wished him well after his two years at the club.

I worked with the players for a couple of years. 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.

"My role changes this week and I need to thank Jose for giving me the opportunity", he said.

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"I don't think it (an immediate appointment) makes sense when Rui is leaving after 17 years".

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

"This is an unbelievable place to play football and it's the greatest club in the world".

Carrick spoke to the fans after the win, thanking them for all their support over his 12-year career at the club, where he has lifted every trophy possible.

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"It's not a sad goodbye by any means, I've got a lot to look forward to", said Carrick.

"I've done it because I think in these last few matches of the season everyone deserves a start".

He found Juan Mata with a delightful pass and the Spaniard squared it back for Rashford to tap the ball in from close range in the 34th minute. Thankfully for United, Lukaku is expected to return to training on Tuesday after recovering from his ankle problem and this has provided a timely boost ahead of their FA Cup final against Chelsea next weekend.

In their two seasons together in England, relations have been more restrained than the occasional immoderacy that characterised their time as respective managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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"But I am going to improve my staff in the performance level and in relation to the tactical work".