Manchester United beat Watford 1-0 on Carrick's farewell

Florence Fletcher
May 14, 2018

Although Carrick has not featured much for United this season, it has been confirmed that he will definitely play in his sides final Premier League fixture of the season against Watford at Old Trafford tomorrow so that he can receive a fitting final send off.

And speaking after the game, he said: "He [Martial] was injured".

That was the lone piece of invention from a United side minus the services of Anthony Martial, who was left out of the squad amid rumours of a move away, though MUTV later suggested the France worldwide has an injury.

The 36-year-old Carrick could still play one final time for United as Jose Mourinho's side faces Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Scott McTominay lines-up alongside Carrick in midfield as Paul Pogba drops to the bench while Juan Mata joins Alexis Sanchez in attack with Jesse Lingard making way.

Mourinho made a total of nine changes to the XI against Watford ahead of next week's FA Cup final against Chelsea, with Michael Carrick captaining the team on his final appearance for the club. "He was injured in the Friday training session and yesterday [Saturday] he couldn't train".

"He had treatment in the morning at the training round and he stayed away. I'm not going to have an assistant managing in the sense of the word".

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Sergio Romero started between the sticks, while Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind were in for rare starts.

"I have a lot of memories to cherish, some I'll never forget, especially of this place".

"That's why I haven't brought in any young players because my players deserve that."

"[Fit for final?] I don't know".

Asked after Sunday's 1-0 win over Watford whether he would be replacing Faria, Mourinho said: "No".

After 19 years in the professional game, Carrick's legs are not what they used to be, but his football brain is as sharp as ever. I am sure he will teach me a few things and we will have some success in the near future, I am certain of that.

Reports emerged that he had been seen driving away from the stadium in the hours before kick-off but Mourinho revealed a knee injury had kept him out.

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