Jose Mourinho 'very positive' that Alex Ferguson will recover

United star informs Mourinho that he will depart at end of season

Michael Carrick will get Manchester United send-off he absolutely deserves

"I can give the guarantee that I don't want him to leave and that the club doesn't want to sell him, and I can give the guarantee that we don't have any approach from him or his agent or from any club".

With second place in the Premier League nearly assured, the final two league fixtures are all but games for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to experiment with his line-up ahead of the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 19.

Rashford has made 48 appearances for United this season.

"He (Carrick) will start the last match at Old Trafford, as our captain in front of our fans", said the Portuguese at his pre-match press conference yesterday.

"And that's why he played in so many of them, so he doesn't need to leave to play or to need anything".

The Red Devils will be looking to extend their lead for second place to six points in the Premier League and Jose Mourinho will want his side to use the remaining two fixtures as momentum boosts as his team face his former employers, Chelsea, in the FA Cup final.

When asked if Ferguson's condition would have an impact on the team, Mourinho said: "No, I can only think that if there is any relation it is a positive relation". I trust some more than others that can... That's normal. I understand the players. I know them better than anyone. By contrast, the comments are hardly as convincing as when he was recently asked about club player of the year David De Gea's future. "Big and small, I don't like it [those terms], but that's the way I can express it".

The player's current deal expires at the end of the season and Mourinho is especially keen to keep a hold of the midfielder who he believes to be the ultimate squad player.

"Unless there is a ideal squad, where if you buy one goalkeeper you don't like, you buy another one".

While there are definitely players within the United squad who would benefit from moves, it's tough to put Pogba in that bracket.

Mourinho criticised the attitude of his players after the shock 1-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, but he has been impressed with their response in training.

Speaking to reporters, according to BBC Sport, he said: "We believe [his qualities] can make him a good coach".

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