Mourinho's right-hand man to leave Manchester United

Ashley Young

Michael Carrick bid farewell to Old Trafford by helping to set up Manchester United's only goal in a 1-0 win over Watford in the Premier League finale on Sunday. I would like to say a big thank you to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional.

An early goal from Marcus Rashford, made possible by a great pass by Michael Carrick and the subsequent assist by Juan Mata, ensured that United tasted victory in what has been repeatedly put down as a below-par showing from the club this season.

He is grateful towards the Manchester United manager, believes he will be learning from one of the best in the world and is certain the club are going to win a lot more under Mourinho in the coming years.

Carrick's moment came in the 85th minute when the Englishman was brought off to a standing ovation, and he will now join Mourinho's coaching staff at Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial was omitted from the squad, despite Mourinho stating the France global would be handed a starting berth in his pre-match, fuelling speculation the forward could leave the club in the summer. He was injured in Friday's training session and couldn't train yesterday.

Reports emerged that he had been seen driving away from the stadium in the hours before kick-off but Mourinho revealed a knee injury had kept him out. The burly striker's been undergoing treatment in his native Belgian and is expected to make the bench, at least, for the FA Cup final against his former side Chelsea. The onus will not be on ensuring players like Lukaku and Martial are fit enough for selection.

"We are waiting for the doctor", he told MUTV.

"I have played football a bit longer than 12 years I want to say a massive thank you to my family and friends".

United haven't fared well since their top scorer got injured, having lost twice and won once in three Premier League games.

Watford boss Javi Gracia only arrived in January but faces an uncertain future at a club who have become known for their hire-and-fire policy.

"Yes, I think so", was his brief assessment.

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