Friday 15 February 2019

Jose backs Carrick for assistant's role

Manchester United 1-0 Watford

Farewell: Carrick
Farewell: Carrick

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 - courtesy of a 34th minute Marcus Rashford goal - 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.

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."

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