Jose Mourinho’s assistant, Rui Faria has announced he will be leaving Manchester United after Sunday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea.
The 42-years old has been Mourinho’s trusted ally since 17 years; having worked with his compatriot at Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
Farai said in a statement: “After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.
“I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like 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 would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.
“I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period.
“I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional.
“I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.”
However, with the imminent departure of Farai, Mourinho has admitted he will reorganise United’s coaching set-up next season.
“It’s difficult because he is my friend, 17 years is a long time,” Mourinho said after beating Watford.
“We spend more time with each other than anybody else in our lives. It’s a new moment for me. The process of education is something I like to do. It’s an opportunity for other guys to step up.
“There will be no number two. I will reorganise my coaching staff in a way assistant manager doesn’t exist.”
Meanwhile, the newly retired Manchester United captain – Michael Carrick will certainly be part of the new coaching crew in the coming season.