Carrick makes immediate switch to coaching role

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And my analysts. I'm not going to have an assistant manager in the sense of the word.

Carrick will not be a like-for-like replacement for assistant boss Rui Faria, who has chose to step down after 17 years working alongside Mourinho.

"I think we've become a bit idealistic about what the football was at times under Sir Alex".

Michael Carrick is relishing the next phase of his footballing career as he prepares to move from playing to coaching under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

"It changes overnight", Carrick said.

"When he has his badges, when he has his pro licence, when he makes the bridge from player to assistant".

"I look forward to learning off him", said the United captain. "If you want to be positive and respect the effort of everyone and the clear numbers and pragmatic numbers of the improvement, you say all positive things - the best position for five years, a huge amount of points that would normally give a fight for the title until the last few weeks, lots of clean sheets, Golden Glove, more goals than last season and the second-best team in the country".

Jose Mourinho
GETTY Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is desperate for fresh faces this summer

"I'm going to have assistant coaches, I'm going to have fitness coaches, and a structure where they have specialists in different areas connected to the performance". It's an unbelievable place to play football.

Meanwhile, Manchester United now turn their attention to their last clash of the campaign, where they will meet Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium next weekend.

Mourinho has been accused of making United overly defensive, with the club deserting the philosophies which made them so successful and entertaining to watch.

Yet there was no Anthony Martial in the squad, despite Mourinho's prior indication the Frenchman would start. "He had treatment at the training ground and stayed away".

MAN UTD: Romero, Bailly, Rojo, Blind (Herrera 76), Darmian, Carrick (Pogba, 84 mins), Mata, Young (Shaw, 60 mins), McTominay, Rashford, Sanchez.

Watford: Gomes, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele (Mariappa, 20 mins), Holebas, Doucouré, Hughes, Deulofeu (Deeney, 63 mins), Pereyra, Richarlison, Gray (Chalobah, 72 mins).

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