Michael Carrick a thing of Manchester United beauty to the end


Mourinho's comments came after Martial had been spotted being driven away from Old Trafford hours before the win over Watford. "It's the greatest club in the world so it's been beyond my wildest dreams as a young kid". Like a quarter back in American football picking out his man, Carrick's ball forward to Juan Mata beat a line of Watford players.

Jose Mourinho has made several changes from the team that drew at West Ham in midweek with Michael Carrick captaining the side for the last time before his retirement. At the risk of sounding hypocritical this writer had his first concerns about the manager this time past year when all the eggs were put in the Europa League basket, on the basis that no United game should ever be treated as unimportant.

Such moments of excitement were thin on the ground in an extremely pedestrian second half in which Watford, who ended the campaign in 14th as a result of this defeat, finished the stronger.

Inconsistency soon set in, though, and those at Old Trafford have been forced to watch on from afar as arch-rivals Manchester City have secured domestic dominance in record-breaking style.

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Mourinho told a news conference: "It is hard because for me these two seasons I got him in the last period of his career when it was hard for him to play consecutive matches at higher intensity; never a big injury thankfully, but little problems were coming now and again and when he was ready for more, a little problem was coming".

Mourinho hopes to face Faria in the future and said he would be "proud" to see him taking charge at a Premier League club.

Today's game proved nothing in favour of anyone whose futures are on the line.

Will it be? We don't quite know that yet.

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Mourinho believes Faria is now ready to take on the challenge of managing a club on his own.

Second guessing Jose is a fool's game as there could well be a surprise in the team sheet yet. They have the small matter of an FA Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley to contend with. But we have a good idea.

The likes of David de Gea, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were all rested as Carrick was given centre stage after a season of little action.

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