Michael Carrick signed off his Premier League career by creating the only goal of the game as Manchester United beat Watford 1-0 on the final day of the season.
Carrick, who will join United manager Jose Mourinho’s backroom team from next season, was handed the captain’s armband for his final game at Old Trafford and given a guard of honour as the teams emerged for kick-off.
And it was the former England midfielder who made the decisive contribution, his superb lifted throughball enabling Juan Mata to tee up Marcus Rashford to break the deadlock.
That was the lone piece of invention from a United side minus the services of Anthony Martial, who was left out of the squad amid rumours of a move away, though MUTV later suggested the France international has an injury.
United’s inability to take full control of the game after taking the lead may be of concern to Mourinho ahead of the FA Cup final with former club Chelsea next weekend.
However, the victory was rarely in doubt after they went ahead, Watford struggling to craft much in reply as United finished on 81 points, the 19-point gap to champions Manchester City an illustration of the improvements the Premier League runners-up must make next season.
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