Michael Carrick will be starting the game against Watford on Sunday at Old Trafford in his final match before retirement. Carrick has made 463 appearances for the side and won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with United since joining them in 2006. He replaced Wayne Rooney as club captain following the latter's departure to Everton, but his playing time has been restricted due to an irregular heart rhythm.
Manager Jose Mourinho said Carrick has qualities “we believe can make him a good coach.” “Now his body says enough, the club and myself want to keep the man,” the Portugese said. “He will start the last match at Old Trafford and he will captain in front of the fans,” Mourinho said on Wednesday. “The most important quality is to be a man and football is not full of them. Society is not full of them. “So when you find one of them, you have to value and you have to keep.”
Mourinho confirmed that striker Romelu Lukaku would miss the final two league games of the season as he recovers from an ankle injury.