Carrick sets up Man United victor ahead of coaching switch

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Manchester United assistant coach Rui Faria is to leave the club at the end of the season, the Premier League giants announced on Saturday just a week after Jose Mourinho said he would not force him to stay.

"The particular reason is that I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future [who is assistant manager] when he has his badges, when he has his pro licence, when he makes the bridge between a player to an assistant".

The retiring former England global was handed a valedictory appearance at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho, a guard of honour by both sides and a rousing ovation when he left the field late on.

Mourinho said: "He was injured, he was injured Friday training session, yesterday [Saturday] couldn't train".

United's inability to take full control of the game after taking the lead may be of concern to Mourinho ahead of the FA Cup final with former club Chelsea next weekend.

'I will have coaches, assistant coaches, health coaches and a construction the place they've specialists in numerous areas related to efficiency.

"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". He'll teach me some things and we're going to have some success in the near future, I'm certain of that.

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It was fitting that the former Tottenham man was involved in the only goal of the game as he played a ball to Juan Mata, who setup Marcus Rashford for the victor.

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

Victory in next week's FA Cup final would go a long way to pleasing United fans but they have a huge summer window on their hands and they need to get recruitment spot on.

Mourinho added: "He had treatment at the training ground this morning".

Carrick was supreme in midfield and his pass for the goal was just flawless.

"It wasn't the best [performance] from me [today] but it tells me the time is right". Following the United game. the 48-year-old has revealed that he has been assured of his position but the next couple of days could give a fair reflection of the hierarchy's stance.

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