Jose Mourinho hails "unbelievable" Michael Carrick

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Jose Mourinho hails "unbelievable" Michael Carrick

Mourinho's current top assistant, Rui Faria, will be leaving the club in the summer to pursue the next level of furthering his career.

The 35-year-old hangs up his boots following a 12-year stay at Old Trafford, although he will remain at the club in a coaching capacity. United still have the FA Cup final to play this weekend, but it's unlikely that any of the players who appear at Wembley will be allowed to leave the club by Jose Mourinho.

You can't blame him, particularly with the constant reports of Mikel Arteta - Pep Guardiola's number two - being the favourite for the Arsenal job.

Carrick was full of praise for Mourinho, and said: "I need to thank Jose for giving me the opportunity".

"I'm going to have coaches, assistant coaches, fitness coaches and a structure where we have specialists in different areas, connected to the performance by analysts".

"I have to thank the manager an very bad lot".

But it could only be a temporary departure from the normal management set up.

It was expected that the player will next join Mourinho on a full-time basis from next season after spending some quality time with his family.

'Just because I was a half-decent player it doesn't guarantee you're going to be a success in whatever you do.

And Mourinho has confirmed he will speak to Carrick about the club's transfer targets.

"I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. I have nobody in the world of football to be my assistant manager - nobody", Mourinho continued.

"At the moment, he is my assistant and he participates in the process".

One of those question marks is their right wing where a lack of consistent quality has been an issue for Mourinho to deal with and it is certainly an aspect he needs to touch upon to add another dimension to their attack.

"Of course I have to make the decisions but my assistants have an opinion and he has". When you have all of this, along with confidence in each other, it is obviously a lot to lose.

"Sir Alex [Ferguson] was the smart one to sign him and the happy one to have him for so long".