Anthony Martial a doubt for FA Cup final with knee injury

Lynette Rowe
May 14, 2018

Mourinho described Faria as a "brother" during his press conference after a 1-0 win against Watford and said he would sorely miss his friend as he took time out from football.

Speaking about the nine changes that he made to his XI, Mourinho said: "The [cup final] is next Saturday so I'm not concerned about that". I don't know [about the final].

"I know that Romelu will be back for Tuesday because he's in the last week [of rehabilitation] and we have to see but Anthony I have no more".

Gomes; Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucouré, Hughes; Deulofeu, Pereyra, Richarlison; Gray.

Liverpool reaching a European Cup final, where they face Real Madrid on May 26, has hardly lifted the mood either - and the chants of "Viva Ronaldo" showed exactly who United fans want to win in Kiev.

There was still time for Watford to put some pressure on the hosts in the final few minutes, but it was not enough to prevent United from winning their 25th game of the season and finishing in second place on 81 points.

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"I play some players that didn't play today, I play Romero, I play Daley Blind, I play Eric Bailly, I play Rashford, I play Martial, I play Mata". Yet though the ball fell sweetly on to his right boot, the Chilean's volley was wide.

Next came a moment that summed up United's season. The Spaniard only had to side foot the ball to Marcus Rashford for an easy finish. It had Watford scrambling and stood out as a rare move of slickness and pace: a scarcity of this has proved the unwanted trademark of Mourinho's side this year.

The breakthrough came after as Carrick picked out Mata with a superb pass over the defence.

Later, a Rashford pot-shot sailed over the bar and Watford had a mini-flurry in and around United's area, before Carrick's farewell.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his full-back options this summer, with first choice pair Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young entering the final years of their career at Old Trafford.

"On behalf of myself I would like to say thank you for your support over the years, I've got a lot of memories to cherish".

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