Jose Mourinho's assistant Rui Faria to leave Manchester United

Posted May 13, 2018

Rui Faria is to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

"17 years in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester".

Faria has worked with Mourinho for 17 years but will vacate his position after the FA Cup final on May 19. "Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness", he told the club's official website. 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.

Widely regarded as the most capable assistant within European football, Faria has previously rejected a host of offers from leading clubs to manage in his own right in order to remain loyal to Mourinho, who first hired him as a 25-year-old sports science graduate to be the physical trainer at Uniao Leiria in 2001.

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

Mourinho admits that he will be upset to see Faria move on after next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea, but has wished the ex-Chelsea, Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid assistant the best of luck.

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Rui Faria says he wants to "spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life".

"My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream". I want to thank him for the chance and confidence, for the information and expertise, however most significantly for his friendship.

But Man United fans are convinced that the 36-year-old has what it takes to make the step up.

"I'd additionally prefer to thank Manchester United and all of the golf equipment the place I've had the privilege of working throughout this era".

'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.

Michael Carrick merits a very special farewell as the former England midfielder makes his last Premier League appearance for Manchester United on Sunday, says team-mate Ander Herrera.