Jose Mourinho confirms departing midfielder will start against Watford: report

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Michael Carrick will start during the club’s final Premier League game of the season against Watford before calling time on his playing career.

The 36-year-old has already announced he would be retiring at the end of the season and he has since been sparingly used owing to issues related to an irregular heart rhythm earlier in the campaign.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mourinho confirmed that the club-captain would be handed a start during the curtain closer against the Hornets on Sunday.

He said: “He [Carrick] will start the last match at Old Trafford, the last match of the Premier League. Our captain, in front of our fans, he will start the match against Watford.”

Carrick has been an excellent performer for United in the midfield department over the years and he has lifted five Premier League titles and one Champions League crown during his decade-long stay with the club.

His departure is likely to influence the need for a new enforcer within the ranks and Mourinho has previously confirmed that the plans are already in place to find a suitable replacement for the skipper.


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