Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Martial left out of final-day squad amid transfer speculation

Martial left out of final-day squad amid transfer speculation

Manchester United finish the 2017/18 season in decent form, securing a 1-0 win against Watford FC.

United have the Premier League runners-up spot wrapped up ahead of the final game against Watford on Sunday, with the FA Cup final against Chelsea also around the corner.

In the 84th minute, the Old Trafford faithful stood and applauded off their departing legend, as Carrick left the pitch for one final time.

Sergio Romero had been a spectator for most of the first half but his concentration was tested just before the interval and the Argentinian certainly stood up to the task.

Carrick played his last game for the club in the win against the Hornets and is set to take up a role in Mourinho's backroom staff.

Carrick's first intervention was to slide in on Roberto Pereyra but he was left flailing as the visiting midfielder evaded the challenge and Watford turned defence into attack.

"So there was a period where he was so, so important but he couldn't have the continuity of the fantastic player he was for the club".

Even at the age of 36, the Englishman was unflustered in possession, recycling the ball and spreading play easily.

"I have a lot of memories to cherish, some I'll never forget, especially of this place".

Mourinho had a lovely message for his old friend before the game, wishing him the best of luck, expressing his gratitude and admiration for a man he regarded as a student and confidante.

Portuguese Faria has worked with United manager Jose Mourinho since 2001 and they have won 25 trophies together with six clubs. We will see, ' added Mourinho.

Watford's form has dropped off a cliff over the tail-end of the season.

Asked if he would be at Vicarage Road next season he was upbeat. "They do not play the same way as Manchester City, Liverpool or Tottenham and that has made them a consistent target".

End of Martial at United?

Yet there was no Anthony Martial in the squad, despite Mourinho's prior indication the Frenchman would start.

Next came a moment that summed up United's season.

Faria will hope to go out with a bang in Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Rashford's goal will at least have done his Wembley prospects no harm, particularly with the fitness of Romelu Lukaku still uncertain.

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