Monday 25 March 2019

WATCH: Michael Carrick's farewell speech as Jose Mourinho offers injury updates on Lukaku and Martial

Michael Carrick said his farewells to Old Trafford
Michael Carrick said his farewells to Old Trafford
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho has insisted Manchester United season should be hailed as a success, even if they fail to finish on a high in next Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

United record a 1-0 win against Watford on the final day of the Premier League season as they finished a distant second behind runaway champions Manchester City.

The 19-point gap between City and United is not what Mourinho would have expected at the start of this campaign, but he still insisted progress has been made.

"The best position for the past five years, a huge amount of points that normally would give a fight for the title, lots of clean sheets, the Golden Glove (most clean sheets for United keeper David De Gea), more goals than last season and the second best team in the country," he declared.

"Also we are one of the two best teams in the FA Cup. If you want to read the season in a positive way, you can."

He then sarcastically hit out at his critics as he suggested the negativity around the team was not justified: "If you want to be negative, you can be negative until the point that you can say that Scott McTominay is not good enough," he said.

Mourinho confirmed that striker Anthony Martial was unable to play against Watford after he picked up an injury in training on Friday that means he is a doubt for the FA Cup final, with striker Romelu Lukaku set to be assessed by United's medical staff this week after he received treatment on his ankle injury in Belgium in recent days.

"Martial is injured. He was injured on Friday, yesterday he couldn’t train. He had treatment at the training ground," added the United boss. "Romelu will be back for Tuesday and then we’ll have to see about Anthony."

Meanwhile, Michael Carrick made an emotional farewell speech as his 12-year career as a United player came to an end.

"On behalf of the players, staff and manager we would like to thank you for your support. We have had our ups and downs but we finished," stated Carrick.

"On behalf of myself I would like to say thank you for your support over the years, I’ve got a lot of memories to cherish. It’s the greatest club in the world and I thank you for your support for the last 12 years.

"I have played football a bit longer than 12 years I want to say a massive thank you to my family and friends. A lot of sacrifices go in to making it as a footballer and without the

"I’m grateful for everything you’ve done for me, thank you. We will do everything we can next week to bring the FA Cup back here."

He also offered up some words of support for his former boss Alex Ferguson, who is recovering in hospital after a brain haemorrhage.

"It’s been a tough week for everyone at the club. Part of this family is Sir Alex and he’s had a tough week this week, I would just like to say I’m sure he appreciates all the support you have given him. All our thoughts and prayers are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery.

"We want to see him sitting back up there some time soon.

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