Manchester United will have a hard time holding on to some of the talents that they have on their roster. The transfer window will bring with it the potential that some of their younger players may wish to make a switch, and names like Martial are already being linked with exits.
However, even before the window has commenced, United have one exit confirmed, and this will have a big impact on Jose Mourinho. Manchester United’s assistant manager, Rui Faria, has announced that he will depart from the club at the end of this season.
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A statement on the club website by Faria read: “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on. I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences.
“However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.”
The nearly two decades of football he shares with Mourinho were a huge part of their relationship, and he addressed this by saying: “My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream.
“I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.”
Mourinho, for his part, had this to say about the departure: “17 years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness.
“17 years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.”
His concluding remarks were emotional: “I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!”
Does this mean a spot lies vacant on the bench? Perhaps waiting for Michael Carrick to take over.