Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Carrick to make Man United coaching debut in FA Cup final

Carrick to make Man United coaching debut in FA Cup final

"I'm going to organise my coaching staff next season in a way where the assistant-manager doesn't exist", Mourinho said.

It seems that the 42-year-old intends to take a break for the time being, but Mourinho believes he has the credentials to be a manager himself.

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.

"It was an unbelievable reception when I came off", Carrick said of Sunday's match. That isn't to say that Faria was the problem at Manchester United, that he was to blame for the insipidness that has seeped into the consciousness at the club, but his exit gives Mourinho a chance to change.

Mourinho is losing his assistant manager Rui Faria at the end of the season, bringing to an end their 17-year working relationship, prompting speculation that Carrick would step into the role.

"I'm not so sad because it's just the end of his career as a player, but he stays with us and I'm always more connected to the person than the player; people are more important to me than players, so I'm going to have him stay with us, and because of that I'm not so sad". "A couple of years ago I thought maybe it would be a good thing to spend time with the family, but then it's about timing and opportunities", added Carrick.

"He is one of the best", Carrick said.

Carrick's move to the dugout means he is the latest former United player to move into coaching. He already has no doubt he will be able to call on Carrick's expertise when it comes to identifying new players, particularly in his old midfield role. I'm well aware of that.

Faria has helped Mourinho's sides to eight domestic titles during their 17-year association, including two famous trebles at Porto and Inter Milan. He must complete the job at Manchester United, restoring the club to the top of the English game, or face the reality of his own mortality and decline.

"I had the issue when I signed and it was all about Roy Keane, but I was never going to replace Roy Keane because it's not how I am".

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