Manchester United assistant manager Faria to leave at end of season

Manchester United assistant manager Faria to leave at end of season

Anthony Martial was omitted from the squad, despite Mourinho stating the France global would be handed a starting berth in his pre-match, fuelling speculation the forward could leave the club in the summer.

"If one year it's not possible, a lot of people will say that we have failed - but that's not true".

Mourinho said on the United website that 42-year-old Faria, who he has worked with since 2001, was ideally situated now to become a manager in his own right. It will be interesting to see who Mourinho appoints as his assistant to replace Faria. Perhaps he did not want to draw undue attention to his cardigan, beige in colour and design, which looked like a non-matching afterthought given to him by his mother to guard against a chill.

Second guessing Jose is a fool's game as there could well be a surprise in the team sheet yet. Others, like Mata and Alexis Sanchez, huffed and puffed to no great goal. All of this played out in front of an uncritical audience. Under a new Stretford End banner which read "Every single one of us loves Alex Ferguson" fans sang and stood too for their former manager who continues to recover from a brain haemorrhage in hospital. From that, it was easy for United to score, Mata squaring for the unmarked Rashford to score.

United were grateful to Sergio Romero for preserving their lead a minute before half-time, David de Gea's understudy springing to his left to turn Richarlison's point-blank header from Daryl Janmaat's cross behind, with Gerard Deulofeu firing into the Argentine's midriff from the subsequent corner.

Blind's removal with 13 minutes to go was met with a warm round of applause. The signal came after 85 minutes with the player hugging his team-mates and Mourinho, as he made way for Paul Pogba.

The first touch of his 464th and probably final United appearance was a quarterback-style pass to Marcus Rashford. It's the greatest club in the world and I thank you for your support for the last 12 years. He closed with a word for Fergie. I'm sure he's watching. Some have always been waiting for this and have come to terms with selling him, but some are still angry to see such a talented player be wasted by Mourinho.