Thursday 13 December 2018

Jose Mourinho gives assistant Rui Faria his blessing to take Arsenal job

Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria. Photo: Getty
Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria. Photo: Getty

Mike Whalley

Rui Faria will have the full blessing of his "big friend" Jose Mourinho in the event of receiving an offer to become Arsenal's next manager.

Faria, assistant manager to Mourinho at Manchester United, has emerged as one of a long list of contenders to succeed Arsene Wenger.

It is believed that Faria, who has worked with Mourinho at several clubs since 2001, has ambitions to become a manager in his own right.

Juventus coach Max Allegri is thought to be the front-runner to become Arsenal's next manager, but the club are considering a number of other options as Wenger's 22-year reign nears an end.

Whether Faria's chance comes with Arsenal this summer or somewhere else in the future, Mourinho has promised his full support to his assistant should he decide to move on.

Asked if he thought Faria would be a good fit for Arsenal, Mourinho said: "I think so, yes.

"You ask me if I think it would be a good fit and I say, 'Yes'. And I say it because he is more than my assistant, he is my friend.

"If my friend has the possibility one day of a big job, I would help him to pack and to carry the bags and to wish him luck."

United's manager, meanwhile, has declared that he has full trust in Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to play the main centre-forward's role as Romelu Lukaku recovers from an ankle injury.

The Belgium striker will miss tonight's Premier League trip to Brighton with the problem, sustained during last Sunday's 2-1 win over Arsenal, and is racing against time to be fit for the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on May 19.

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