May 13, 2018 / 4:04 PM / in a year

Soccer-Man United beat Watford 1-0 on Carrick's farewell

* Manchester United beat Watford 1-0 at Old Trafford

* Michael Carrick played his final league game for United

* Marcus Rashford gave United a 34th-minute lead

* Sergio Romero denied Watford with a fine double save

* Carrick received ovation after being substituted late on

* United finished second behind champions Manchester City, Watford ended in 14th place


May 13 (Reuters) - A first-half goal by Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United a 1-0 home win over Watford on Sunday and produced a fine farewell to the club’s stalwart Michael Carrick who played his final Premier League game for the club.

Carrick, who is unlikely to be picked for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea and will assume a coaching role at United next season, was treated to a guard of honour by both teams before kick off and received a standing ovation from the fans.

A tepid encounter was settled in the 34th minute when 36-year old Carrick rolled back the years to find Juan Mata with a delightful pass and the Spaniard squared it back for Rashford to tap the ball in.

United’s stand-in goalkeeper Sergio Romero pulled off a fine double save on the stroke of halftime, keeping out a close-range header by Richarlison and then smothered a Gerard Deulofeu shot with both teams going through the motions after the break. (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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