Mourinho expects Carrick to be future Man United assistant boss

Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick will become a coach at The club he has represented since 2006

"Romelu will be back for Tuesday so we'll see, but Anthony, I have to wait a bit more", said Jose Mourinho.

Carrick will move into Mourinho's backroom team from next season and the Portuguese added: "It was already hard for me because I got him in the last two years of his career".

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Manchester United's final Premier League game of the season, Mourinho said: "The reality of the numbers is between second and fifth, the difference is three or four or five points but the difference between the first and second is a difference of 19".

Michael Carrick
GETTY Phil Jones and Michael Carrick celebrate winning the Premier League in 2013

"I don't think it makes sense when Rui is leaving after 17 years".

He said: "I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist".

"My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream".

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"In the future, when he has his badges, when he has his pro license". "I really respect him and look up to him because of the way he plays". "I am going to bring some people that until this moment have not come with me yet".

The midfielder was given a guard of honour on his way onto the pitch before the game and was substituted by Mourinho with six minutes remaining to allow him a standing ovation on his way out. "We've had our ups and downs but we finished second and we thank you very much".

The club's greatest ever manager continues to receive hospital treatment following a brain haemorrhage last weekend but is out of intensive care after responding well to surgery.

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"And I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone". I've got a lot of memories now to cherish and some I'll never forget, especially at this place. Your support over the years, both here and away, has been absolutely unbelievable.

"This is an unbelievable place to play football and it's the greatest club in the world".

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