Man United No 2 Faria leaving after 17 years with Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho is planning for Michael Carrick to be his long-term No2 at Manchester United but won't name a formal assistant-manager for next season following the departure of Rui Faria.

"It pains me to say this, as my mum's side of the family support City and I used to play for Liverpool, but how can you knock United when they have secured second place in the table and reached the FA Cup final?"

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United's dominance eventually paid off in the 34th minute as Michael Carrick's long ball found Juan Mata, who showed great control before setting up Marcus Rashford for the simple tap-in.

Seeing United walk round Wembley with the FA Cup - if, indeed that happens - will not alter that statistic nor wipe the smile off Guardiola's face.

And the Portuguese said in a statement: "After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on".

Once described by former United captain Nemanja Vidic as "the glue that holds it all together", Carrick said he was looking forward to a new role in the dugout next to the club's manager Jose Mourinho.

"My role changes this week, I need to thank Jose an terrible lot", the midfielder said.

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"And when Michael has the pro licence badges, normally with the personality, friendship and honesty he has, I think it will be for him".

"We're going to have some success in the near future I'm certain of that", he assured supporters. That's normal. I know the players. In his final Old Trafford match, the 36-year-old gave us all one last reminder of how much of a Rolls Royce he was, as Paul Scholes once described him.

Mourinho made nine changes from Thursday's goalless draw at West Ham, Scott McTominay and Alexis Sánchez surviving.

Mourinho said earlier in the week that Martial would start against Watford but the Frenchman was absent.

"I think we arrived at a hard time for the club".

"[Fit for final?] I don't know". "Romelu will be back for Tuesday and then we'll have to see about Anthony".

Watford finished 14th after picking up only one point from their final 12 away games but boss Javi Gracia, who arrived mid-season, insists he expects to keep his job.