Mourinho's assistant Rui Faria to leave Man Utd

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is guided away by West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is guided away by West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian

"He'll teach me some things and we're going to have some success in the near future, I'm certain of that".

Mourinho's quest to topple City next season will take place without his long-serving right-hand man, Rui Faria, who is leaving the club with the manager's blessing.

Michael Carrick made his 464th and, in all likelihood, final appearance for Manchester United in Sunday's 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.

And Mourinho believes Carrick could be the one to replace him once he gets his coaching badges.

"And of course I have to make the decisions but of course my assistants have an opinion and he has, obviously in relation to his position - a different vision than any other opinion than you can have from any scout or analysis department". I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences.

"I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship".

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He said: "I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn't exist". It's a new moment for me.

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 ups and downs this season but we have finished second and we thank you very much". "I always think that in the championships, the truth is always there".

Faria, like Mourinho, never played top-level football, but became a significant part of his fellow Portuguese's coaching staff after meeting the future United manager during a seminar day at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium in 2000.

"I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period". Your support over the years, both here and away, has been absolutely unbelievable.

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