Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has spoken out his emotional words wishing his assistant manager Rui Faria to have a successful career as a full manager.

Faria, who has been working with Mourinho for 17 years, has announced on Saturday evening that he will step down as compatriot’s assistant.

Both Portuguese men have been together since July 2001 when Mourinho took over at Portuguese side Uniao de Leiria.

However, the 42-year-old has announced that has now decided to go it alone since next season.

Faria, who is said to be in contention to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, has now opted to be independent in a coaching career.

“Seventeen years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness,” Mourinho told the club’s official website.

“Seventeen years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.”

“I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me. But his happiness is more important. And, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!

Having started off his career as a fitness coach, Faria later became the assistant coach at Chelsea and now he is an assistant manager at United.

The Portuguese has won 25 trophies with Mourinho in five clubs from different leagues.

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