Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Mourinho's right-hand man Faria to leave United

Mourinho's right-hand man Faria to leave United

The 36-year-old club skipper - who during his 12 years at the club has won 18 trophies, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008 - will join manager Jose Mourinho's coaching staff for next term.

Mourinho commented: 'Seventeen years... in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London once more and Manchester.

Individually, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2012/13 and picked up Man Utd's Players' Player of the Year award in the same season. "Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness", said Mourinho, who was in a similarly reflective mood to his compatriot.

Faria has been No. 2 to Mourinho at Leiria, Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan, Real Madrid and United.

Mourinho added: "The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager".

The 42-year-old, reportedly in contention to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, intends to try his luck as a manager in his own right. However, I have felt for some time I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.

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'My heartfelt thanks go to the supervisor, Jose Mourinho, for the assumption he had in me, all these years in the past, when all of it was only a pupil dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.

"I want him to feel what the Manchester United supporters feel in relation to him".

'I'll miss my pal and that's the hardest factor for me, however his happiness is extra vital and, in fact, I respect his choice, particularly as a result of I do know that we are going to all the time be collectively.

United, second in the Premier League, play Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday before facing Chelsea in the FA Cup final on 19 May.

'I want you all one of the best for the long run, realizing that you'll all the time be my shut mates'.

Faria, like Mourinho, never played top-level football, but became a significant part of his fellow Portuguese's coaching staff after meeting the future United manager during a seminar day at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium in 2000.

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