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Michael Carrick Makes Switch To Coaching Role At Old Trafford

17 May 2018, 11:12 | Anna Jefferson

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with Assisant Rui Faria

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho with Assisant Rui Faria

The United manager is losing his right-hand man of the past 17 years after the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday because he wants to become a manager.

"(There will be) no number two", Mourinho told reporters after United's final Premier League game of the season, a 1-0 home win over Watford.

"Moving forward I will organize my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist", Mourinho said. "It changes overnight. I am not training this week".

He will prove an even more valuable part of that team following Mourinho's announcement that his long-term No 2 Rui Faria will leave his assistant post this summer. "Because I've got things, I'm kind of more excited about the future than looking back and being sad that it's over".

Just a week after his retirement from club football, Michael Carrick is set to take a coaching role at Manchester United.

Rui Faria meanwhile has been already linked with the Arsenal job as well as a return to Portugal with Benfica said to be interested in handing him the manager's position. "When he has his pro license, when he makes the bridge from player to assistant".

Although United still have one last fixture remaining in this current campaign, Carrick is not expected to make an appearance. He joined the club seven months after Roy Keane's departure, inheriting his No. 16 shirt in the process.

Becoming a manager himself is something Carrick might want to pursue one day but that is not something he intends to push for yet.

But Carrick is aware that his playing career doesn't mean his transition and coaching career will go smoothly.

"I have a lot of memories to cherish, some I'll never forget, especially of this place". "I'm sure that will be the case again".

While replacing a player of Carrick's calibre is problematic, the reality is United have familiarised themselves with that conundrum during the season. Merci for all you [taught] me, on and off the pitch. "There will be players here who will improve and progress and if anyone gets brought in, whoever gets brought in, the club will move on".

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