Following the departure of Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho has named Michael Carrick as his captain. The midfielder was given a testimonial this summer and has a year left on his current contract, having extended his deal at the end of last season.
Carrick has claimed that he has grown to love United and is honoured to wear our armband.
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.
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.
Having started just 18 league games last season and turning 36 in a few weeks time, Carrick’s role is likely to be that of club captain, while the appointment of the vice-captain will be the more important role.