Man Utd explain Anthony Martial absence v Watford

Juan Mata

Manchester United treated their stalwart Michael Carrick to a memorable farewell on Sunday after a first-half goal by Marcus Rashford gave them a 1-0 home win over Watford on the final day of the season.

"It pains me to say this, as my mum's side of the family support City and I used to play for Liverpool, but how can you knock United when they have secured second place in the table and reached the FA Cup final?"

In stark contrast, their FA Cup final opponents Chelsea had a torrid time at St. James' Park, losing 3-0 to Newcastle United as their top four hopes fell apart.

"I think the Liverpool game is special", Carrick, who joined United in 2006, told ESPN.

The club captain will become an important figure in the coaching staff, and thanked the manager for the chance to become that. Of course, people will argue that they did not get close enough to City in the title race but, as far as I can see, this has been a very good season for them.

Carrick was full of praise for Mourinho, and said: "I need to thank Jose for giving me the opportunity".

Murmurings of Marcus Rashford's discontent have sparked fear among Manchester United fans, to which the club are ready to respond with a new contract for the 20-year-old striker. "He'll teach me some things and we're going to have some success in the near future, I'm certain of that".

And speaking after the game, he said: "He [Martial] was injured".

Mourinho said: "He was injured, he was injured Friday training session, yesterday [Saturday] couldn't train. He had treatment in the morning in the training ground and stayed away".

But Jose Mourinho was forced to make attacking changes anyway due to the ankle injury Lukaku sustained against Arsenal last month and a knee problem Martial picked up this week. "But if it's impossible to play today, I have my doubts".

"Yes, I think so", was his brief assessment.

Despite being instrumental at Man United for so many years, Carrick won just 34 caps for his country between 2001 and 2015.

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