English Premier League match report Manchester United v Watford 13 May 2018

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is guided away by West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is guided away by West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian

With AP Photos.Michael Carrick bid farewell to Old Trafford by helping to set up Manchester United's only goal in a 1-0 win over Watford in the Premier League finale.

"#MUFC announces that assistant manager Rui Faria is to leave the club at the end of the season". Who knows, perhaps we could see Carrick prowling the touchline as a manager in the future! Under a new Stretford End banner which read "Every single one of us loves Alex Ferguson" fans sang and stood too for their former manager who continues to recover from a brain haemorrhage in hospital.

Manchester United are sweating on the fitness of winger Anthony Martial, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho admitted on Sunday with the FA Cup final less than a week away.

Carrick's first intervention was to slide in on Roberto Pereya but he was left flailing on the turf as the visiting midfielder evaded and Watford turned defence to attack. Deulofeu then had a chance from the resulting corner but could only fire his shot directly at the United keeper.

"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".

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. He saw his job as giving them the ball in the right positions at the right time. A Watford move came via Andre Gray when the centre-forward took possession outside the area, though he was soon stymied.

United struggled to get going in the first 30 minutes, but they made the breakthrough in the 34th minute when Rashford tapped a low Mata cross into the back of the net after Carrick had produced a trademark long-range pass.

However, neither side could carve out a clear-cut opening as the clash ended goalless at Old Trafford. It's the greatest club in the world and I thank you for your support for the last 12 years.

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