Manchester United assistant manager Faria to leave at season's end

  • Manchester United assistant manager Faria to leave at season's end

Manchester United assistant manager Faria to leave at season's end

Mourinho described Faria as a "brother" during his press conference after a 1-0 win against Watford and said he would sorely miss his friend as he took time out from football. "He had treatment in the morning [on Sunday] at the training ground".

'I'm going to organise my coaching staff next season in a way where the assistant-manager doesn't exist, ' said the United manager. Calm, intelligent and composed, he will make an excellent addition to the United technical team.

Mourinho told a news conference: "It is hard because for me these two seasons I got him in the last period of his career when it was hard for him to play consecutive matches at higher intensity; never a big injury thankfully, but little problems were coming now and again and when he was ready for more, a little problem was coming".

Romelu Lukaku will return to Manchester United on Tuesday in a bid to prove his fitness ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Speaking about the nine changes that he made to his XI, Mourinho said: "The [cup final] is next Saturday so I'm not concerned about that". But I didn't think some of his buys were particularly good. The Spaniard had ghosted in behind Watford's rearguard and he brilliantly controlled Carrick's pass as it dropped out of the sun.

United's season is not quite done yet.

Now, though, came Carrick's rewinding of the clock, as he slid a 40-yard ball on to Mata's left boot. United have one last shot at a piece of silverware as Antonio Conte's side stand in the way. He passed right to Rashford and the 20-year-old collected a 13th goal of the campaign.

Marcos Rojo nearly presented Watford with a golden chance to level 20 minutes from time when Will Hughes blocked a lazy pass from the Argentine, but the offside flag was raised when Gray made a movement towards goal. Midway through the half, Old Trafford rose as one in support of Sir Alex Ferguson as he continues his recovery in hospital following his brain haemorrhage last weekend. Also former Southampton star Luke Shaw and Ashley Young could potentially leave, with Manchester United targeting Alex Sandro and Danny Rose.