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Michael Carrick hits golf course the day after hanging up his boots

17 May 2018

MICHAEL CARRICK'S switch from Manchester United's playing squad to the backroom team will be instant - with Saturday's FA Cup final his first coaching assignment.

After captaining United in their 1-0 victory over Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday, the former England global has now called time on his playing career.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Michael Carrick after the retiring captain played his last game for the club against Watford on Sunday.

'I am going to simply attempt to converse to as many individuals as I can; be a nuisance, be a pest. It was the final chance to cut the cloth clean.

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Rui Faria is in the running to be named new Benfica manager after it was announced that he would be leaving Manchester United at the end of this season. I am not getting carried away right here'. I am extra excited in regards to the future then wanting again and being unhappy it is over.

Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring in another midfielder this summer, and Carrick said he will be happy to give his opinion if he is approached by the United boss.

It was a potentially emotional occasion but Carrick preferred to look forward.

"When he has his badges, when he has his pro licence, when he makes the bridge from player to assistant". Carrick's 464th appearance for United ended in the 85th minute when he left the game to a huge ovation.

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Carrick - signed for £18m from Tottenham - joined the Red Devils seven months after Keane's departure.

Becoming a manager himself is something Carrick might want to pursue one day but that is not something he intends to push for yet.

Faria was linked with a move to Arsenal, replacing Arsene Wenger but now it seems like with Mikel Arteta rumoured to join the club as their new manager, he is going to take helm of a big club in home land Portugal.

He said: 'You've got to go step by step.

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'However simply because I used to be a half-decent participant, it would not assure you are going to be a hit in no matter you do.

While replacing a player of Carrick's calibre is problematic, the reality is United have familiarised themselves with that conundrum during the season.

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Michael Carrick hits golf course the day after hanging up his boots