EPL: Mourinho explains why he won't have assistant manager next season

Rui Faria

Rui Faria

Jose Mourinho is intent on adding to his options at left-back over the summer and has identified Sandro as a player he wants Man United to chase in the summer, noting recently that he wanted to add a Brazilian to his team.

Mourinho first encountered Faria at Barcelona and then took him to Uniao Leiria as his fitness coach in 2001. And when Michael (Carrick) has the pro licence badges.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Mourinho's former assistant is going to be the new manager of Benfica.

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

"It changes overnight", Carrick said. It is an unbelievable opportunity for me. I'll be learning off him, the other backroom staff, trying to bring the kids through and have an influence on that.

"He is one of the best, he's been around for many years and it all fits in". Just because I was a half-decent player it doesn't guarantee you're going to be a success in whatever you do. "That is what every Manchester United fan wants and what Jose Mourinho wants".

"I have a lot of memories to cherish, some I'll never forget, especially of this place".

The tweet read: "Carrick, unbelievable person and sensational player. I've been at this club, and it is such a great club, so I obviously know the club and the manager", he said.

The 36-year-old played 464 times for Manchester United in a trophy-laden career in which he won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup and the Champions League.

Carrick even had a hand in the winning goal, playing a superb long pass over the defence for Juan Mata to tee up Marcus Rashford in the 34th minute.

However, Mourinho was quick to deny these claims instead insisting that the 22-year-old had suffered a knee injury.

"He was injured in the Friday training session and yesterday (Saturday) he couldn't train. He had treatment in the morning in the training ground and stayed away".

Mourinho is expected to have Romelu Lukaku back for the match, though, following a two-week spell on the sidelines since damaging his ankle against Arsenal.

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

Asked if he would be at Vicarage Road next season he was upbeat.

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

"Anthony, I have to wait a bit for more".