Mourinho refuses to name assistant after Faria's exit

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 14/05/2018

Mourinho reacts as his No. 2 man nears Man United exit

Jose Mourinho has said he would not be naming a new No. 2 at Manchester United, but could have Michael Carrick as his long-term assistant, following the exit of Rui Faria as assistant manager.

It was announced before United’s final Premier league game of the season that Faria, who has been with Mourinho for 18 years, would step down from his role as assistant manager.

And Carrick, 36, will join Mourinho's coaching staff after saying farewell to Old Trafford in Sunday's 1-0 win against Watford – but the United manager says he'll have to be patient in his new career.

“I'm going to organise my coaching staff next season in a way where the assistant-manager doesn't exist,” said the United manager.

“I'm going to have coaches, assistant coaches, fitness coaches and a structure where they have specialists in different areas connected to performance. And my analysts. I'm not going to have an assistant manager in the sense of the word.

“I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future when he has his badges, his pro licence. People think you can be a player one day, coach the next, but it's not like that. Your brain can feel ready but you need the practice.”

Carrick hugged Mourinho after being substituted to a standing ovation and thanked him in a speech to fans after the final whistle.

“I look forward to learning off him,” said the United captain. “He is one of the very best. I am sure he will teach me a few things and certain we will have some success.”