Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial facing FA Cup fitness race

Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Carrick made his 464th appearance for United in the 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford, marking the occasion by helping to set up Marcus Rashford's goal.

Carrick will move into Mourinho's backroom team from next season and the Portuguese added: "It was already hard for me because I got him in the last two years of his career".

"When he has his pro licence, when he makes the bridge from player to assistant". I have nobody in the world of football ready to be assistant manager.

"I will organise my staff in a system where an assistant manager doesn't exist".

"I'm going to have assistant coaches, I'm going to have fitness coaches, and a structure where they have specialists in different areas connected to the performance. It's his knee", Mourinho told MUTV.

"If you said at this moment in time do you want to manage I'd probably say yes, I would yeah", Carrick said (via The Telegraph).

"I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences".

"I'm looking to create more memories on the other side of the fence with Jose and his staff and bring success back to this club".

"And I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone".

"It's not a sad goodbye by any means, I've got a lot to look forward to", said Carrick.

But he later revealed the France worldwide had suffered an injury on Friday and could not train on Saturday. "He had treatment in the morning at the training round and he stayed away".

Lukaku, United's leading scorer in the league with 16, sustained an ankle injury in last month's victory over Arsenal and travelled back to Belgium to recover.

Meanwhile, Mourinho had a positive update on Romelu Lukaku, as he added, "I'm waiting for the doctor but when it's impossible to play today, I have my doubts (for the cup final)".

"I've already spoken many times with the owner. I'm sure he'll try to improve the level of the squad".

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