Man United’s Jose Mourinho Says Michael Carrick To Start


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that Michael Carrick will make his farewell appearance for Manchester United against Watford on Sunday.

Carrick, 36, announced that he is planning to retire.

“He will start the last match at Old Trafford,” Mourinho said (h/t ESPNFC). “It’s the last match in the Premier League, in front of our fans, so he will start the last match against Watford.”

Carrick will join Mourinho’s coaching staff next season.

“The most important quality is to be a man — M-A-N — capitals, a proper man,” Mourinho said. “Football is not full of them, society is not full of them, so when you find one of them, you have to value them.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the club. They had a great man playing football, but when his body says enough, we want to keep the man.

“He has qualities that we believe can make him a good coach, and there are many ways to make a bridge.

“Some guys prefer to study, go to youth football, but in this situation, we decided the bridge can be the bridge — change shirts, dressing rooms and offices and start to be an assistant.

“I give them very good conditions for their evaluation and I think Michael can be very positive for us.”