"He's been around for many years".
Mourinho's current top assistant, Rui Faria, will be leaving the club in the summer to pursue the next level of furthering his career.
"If that moment arrives, I will be a very proud guy because this man came to me when he was a kid 17 years ago. It's the greatest club in the world and I thank you for your support over the last 12 years".
'And of course I have to make the decisions but of course my assistants have an opinion and he has, obviously in relation to his position. a different vision than any other opinion than you can have from any scout or analysis department'. "But it is a hard role; you need somebody to talk to because you can't bounce things off people if they're not there". That isn't to say that Faria was the problem at Manchester United, that he was to blame for the insipidness that has seeped into the consciousness at the club, but his exit gives Mourinho a chance to change.
'Because I've got things, I'm kind of more excited about the future than looking back and being sad that it's over'. It just fits. Hopefully it still fits in a couple of years' time. He already has no doubt he will be able to call on Carrick's expertise when it comes to identifying new players, particularly in his old midfield role. "I'm well aware of that", he said.
Which players will end up at Manchester United remains to be seen.
Yet there was no Anthony Martial in the squad, despite Mourinho's prior indication the Frenchman would start.
Jesse Lingard of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with team mates during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on February 25, 2018 in Manchester, England.
Carrick - signed for £18m from Tottenham - joined the Red Devils seven months after Keane's departure. Huge players, bigger than me, and the club has moved on and still been successful. "I'm sure that will be the case again".