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Michael Carrick bids farewell to manchester United     
              Michael Carrick bids farewell to manchester United

The Mancunian giants finish their season with an FA Cup final date against Chelsea on Saturday and they will be hoping to inflict further misery on their west London giants by securing a record 13th title in the competition.

Michael Carrick brought the curtain down on his illustrious career when he made his final appearance for Manchester United during the Red Devils 1-0 victory over Watford at Old Trafford.

United manager Mourinho has mostly relied on the services of Valencia at right-back since his arrival at Old Trafford but he is understood to be concerned over the club's long-term plans with the Ecuadorian approaching his 33rd birthday.

"Moving forward, I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist", the Portuguese added.

Carrick's addition to the coaching staff isn't the only change at United, with assistant coach Rui Faria ending his 17-year partnership with Mourinho. "I'm not getting carried away here".

However, Carrick's association with United will continue as he will join Jose Mourinho's backroom staff this summer. J0se recently stated that Faria will always remain a friend and thanked him for his work.

Carrick's move to the dugout means he is the latest former United player to move into coaching.

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He joined the club seven months after Roy Keane's departure, inheriting his No. 16 shirt in the process.

"It's a gamble for him - he's saying he hasn't got anybody in that group already to replace Faria, whether he goes looking outside who knows?"

On being questioned whether he wishes to move into management in the future, Carrick insisted that is not something he wants to push for at this moment. "I'm sure that will be the case again".

Mourinho is keen to replace Carrick in United's midfield and, as exclusively revealed in last week, the veteran will be asked to run the rule of his potential replacements.

'Just because I was a half-decent player it doesn't guarantee you're going to be a success in whatever you do.

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