Manchester United beat Swansea City 2-0 at the weekend to maintain their grip on second place in the Premier League but one of the more interesting aspects of the game took place on José Mourinho’s bench.
Long-serving midfielder Michael Carrick is set to retire at the end of the season to take up a coaching role at the club so it was little surprise to see the 36-year-old strolling out with United’s technical staff before the game.
Mourinho Jr on United's bench at Old Trafford
Slightly different experience for me today, one I certainly enjoyed. It’s all part of the learning process. More importantly it was the 3 points we wanted ⚽⚽🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/aWwVoTHzKe— Michael Carrick (@carras16) 31 de marzo de 2018
Proud to say I just signed my two-year deal with Fulham FC... ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vjK5GVeXLQ— José Mourinho Jr. (@FFC_JM) 30 de junio de 2016
However, in a message Carrick posted on social media some sharp-eyed observers noted another less familiar figure among Mourinho’s assistants – his 18-year-old son, José Mário (behind Carrick in the image).
It remains unclear whether Mourinho has handed his son, who is known as “Zuca”, as a permanent member of his staff or if it was a high-level version of bring your kids to work day.
A few months ago Mourinho Jr, a keeper, was playing for Fulham’s reserves after signing a two-year contract in 2016, but with that set to expire it appears he is on the path to following in his father’s footsteps in the managerial trade.