Louis van Gaal has confirmed that from this point on, Michael Carrick will be Manchester United’s vice-captain, not Darren Fletcher.

“I have three captains,” said Van Gaal. “You have a sequence: Wayne Rooney is one, Carrick is two, Fletcher three. He [Carrick] brings a lot of experience but also a lot of composure. He can transfer my philosophy on to the pitch. Now we don’t have Daley Blind, when I choose Carrick in defence, I miss him in midfield.”