Manchester United confirmed over the weekend that Jose Mourinho’s right-hand man Rui Faria will leave the club at the end of the season.
The Portuguese coach has worked alongside Mourinho for the past 17 years, but has decided to break away from the partnership.
Faria’s last game in the United dugout will be the FA Cup final against former club Chelsea at Wembley on May 19.
It is unclear what steps the United assistant manager will take next, but Mourinho has made it clear that he will not hire a new number two.
After overseeing his Red Devils earn a 1-0 victory over Watford on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday, Mourinho revealed to reporters that he will not replace Faria.
However, Michael Carrick, who played his final league game for United at the weekend, will begin working towards being a part of the manager’s coaching setup.
Mourinho says he will not make a coaching addition to his staff after Rui Faria leaves. Says there'll be a coaching reshuffle. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) May 13, 2018
Some United fans have been left disappointed by the decision, while others are speculating about what the future holds.
Wrong decision imo. Club could use fresh ideas. Not that Mourinho would entertain an opinion that differs to his own.
— Dan Brereton (@GixxerDan) May 13, 2018
Roy Keane will also work with MOU
— General Josiah (@TheKingJosiah_) May 13, 2018
With Rui Faria even we played like lack of tactical. Without him? Back to Moyes era. Probably.
— krnwnhndr (@krniawnhendra) May 13, 2018
Still think it will be Kieran McKenna
— Jake (@TheUnitedWay_) May 13, 2018
I think that’s the wrong decision but assume Carrick end up as it in the future.
— Matt Fuller 🔝🔴 (@mattfuller5) May 13, 2018
Jose seems to be trusting Carrick than he trusted Giggs, it will be interesting to see Carrick as his assistant manager.#MUFC
— ßhěmkhąñdę (@shemkhande) May 13, 2018
Jose looks like he is not happy
— Judley (@judleyjulsaint) May 13, 2018
Kieran Mckenna maybe getting a more prominent role after his work with the u18s?
— Adrian Riley (@AdrianLRiley) May 13, 2018