“Michael is 35 years old,” Mourinho said. “With such an intense game he was having some cramps in the last period, which is normal.
“It is very sad to know that time flies for every one of us. He is such a fantastic player and it is a pity, I always loved him, but instead of being his manager when he was 25 I am his manager when he is 35.
“We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest.
“I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season. That’s life.”