Manchester United assistant Rui Faria to leave at end of season

Mark Noble of West Ham United celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium

Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria will leave the club at the end of this season following 17 years as Jose Mourinho's right-hand man.

Faria has worked with Mourinho for 17 years but will vacate his position after the FA Cup final on May 19. Coaching, taking part in, travelling, finding out, laughing and in addition a number of tears of happiness. I could pick 10-15 players that I played with over the years, Ronaldo, Wazza [Rooney], Rio [Ferdinand], Giggsy, Gaz Nev, he was an unbelievable full-back, unbelievable captain.

Faria announced on Saturday evening that he will step down as his Portuguese compatriot's right-hand man this summer, bringing an end to their 17-year association.

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

I said a couple of weeks ago that I expect Liverpool to be in the mix but United will be right there, too.

Mourinho added: "The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager". I want to thank him for the chance and confidence, for the information and expertise, however most significantly for his friendship.

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'I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period. "I want to say a giant 'thanks" to all of the workers and gamers who, in numerous methods, have made an vital contribution to my development as an individual and as knowledgeable.

'Seventeen years and the child is now a person.

"I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together".

Although Carrick has not featured much for United this season, it has been confirmed that he will definitely play in his sides final Premier League fixture of the season against Watford at Old Trafford tomorrow so that he can receive a fitting final send off. "That's why I think he's going to be a good manager in the future".

Faria was considered one of three trusted coaches Mourinho introduced with him to England for his first spell as Chelsea supervisor again in 2004.

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