Manchester United news: Mourinho backs Carrick for No.2 spot

10 months ago

In the latest Manchester United news, manager Jose Mourinho believes Michael Carrick will become his assistant at Old Trafford once he has gathered the required coaching badges.

Current number two Rui Faria announced on Saturday that he would be leaving United at the end of the season, ending his partnership with Mourinho that has lasted over 17 years across different clubs.

The 42-year-old’s final duties as assistant will come on Saturday when the Red Devils, who finished second in the Premier League this season, take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Aiming to lift the trophy for a 13th time this weekend, United are 8/5 favourites with bet365 to win the tournament, a draw is priced at 21/10 whilst the Blues, who lost 3-0 at Newcastle United on Sunday, are a 19/10 chance.

The clash at Wembley will also bring the career of former England international Carrick, who joined the 20-time English champions in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur, to an end and he is set to embark on his coaching career straight away.

Mourinho has confirmed he will not be directly replacing Faria, instead reshuffling the current members of his coaching team, but the Portuguese boss has an idea of who will eventually become his assistant.

“I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future, when he has his badges, his pro licence, when he makes the bridge between a player to an assistant,” he said. “People think it’s just like one day I’m a player and the next day I’m a coach, but it’s not like that.

“I have nobody in the world of football ready to be my assistant manager, so I prefer to educate people and to structure my staff in a way where there is education and improvement.”

United will be hoping to put more pressure on rivals Manchester City next season in the race for the Premier League title and a busy summer is expected at Old Trafford as Mourinho aims to freshen up his squad.