The classy midfielder, who joined United from fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, made his 464th appearance for the Manchester giants on Sunday and captained them to a 1-0 win over Watford.
The 36-year-old, who was an unsurprising victor of our Man of the Match poll, with 89 per cent of the vote, ended his speech with a look to the future.
The 36-year-old club captain played a key part in the first-half victor, springing the offside trap with a long pass from his own half before Juan Mata left Rashford with an open goal.
It is clear, though, that the seat is being kept warm for the five-time title victor.
"I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future".
"I don't think it makes sense when Rui is leaving after 17 years". The process of education is something I like to do.
"It's not a sad goodbye by any means, I've got a lot to look forward to", said Carrick.
"Also, we are one of the two best teams in the FA Cup. I am sure he will teach me a few things and certain we will have some success".
"My role changes this week and I need to thank Jose for giving me the opportunity", he said.
"This is an wonderful place to play football and it's the greatest club in the world".
In the end, no move materialised; however, as stated by the report, the Brazilian has urged Juventus to accept Manchester United's offer this time around.
The signing of Alexis Sanchez has pushed him out of the first-team and he now must compete with Marcus Rashford for a place on the bench.
Anthony Martial missed the game against the Hornets because of a knee injury and Mourinho admitted afterwards that the Frenchman is a doubt for the final.
Given the spectacular nature of their form this season, Mourinho concedes City fully deserve to be champions and says United "are going to try" to challenge next term.