Michael Carrick confirmed as the new Manchester United captain


Manchester United have confirmed the new club captain as Michael Carrick after the departure of Wayne Rooney to Everton over the weekend. Carrick, last season’s vice-captain has stepped up his role being the longest-serving player at the Old Trafford club. The veteran midfielder player his testimonial match at the start of June, which was also Rooney’s last appearances at the Theatre of Dreams wearing a United shirt. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has played at the Old Trafford club for eleven years and after coming through for the club after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the 35-year-old started to become adored by more of the Old Trafford faithful – ‘it’s Carrick you know, hard to believe it’s not Scholes’ was sung home and away in the stadiums.

Carrick gave his response on MUTV during pre-season training in Los Angeles where the club are getting ready for their first match of the summer against MLS side LA Galaxy on Saturday evening, the early hours of Sunday morning in the United Kingdom, with the club then playing Real Salt Lake days later before competing in the International Champions Cup against the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona. Reported by the official Manchester United website, Carrick said:

“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club. It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much. 

“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure. I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”

Carrick was asked about his captaincy style in which the likes of former United captains Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic and Rooney were mentioned along with the former England captains the player played under sich as David Beckham, John Terry, and Stephen Gerrard with the player saying:

“I will just be myself, you can’t change and it is wrong to come into the role and then suddenly change, shouting and screaming at everyone, telling them what to do.

“I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak, but I am quite laid back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example.”

It will be all change at United this coming season, may players have left the club post-Ferguson and United are heading into a new era. Records are there to be broken again, not stretched which could see certain players set their eyes on certain prizes, not that many will happen for a good few years yet, if at all. New signings Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku are yet to make their mark in the team, which will be a good thing to see with United needing more strength in defence and a goalscoring striker after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was released in the summer. Carrick is a good leader to have and a great player to still have in the team, which is why Jose Mourinho picked him as the new manager.

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