Michael Carrick has replaced Wayne Rooney as Manchester United captain
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Michael Carrick has been named permanent Manchester United captain, replacing Wayne Rooney following the forward’s transfer to Everton.
The 35-year-old midfielder has worn the armband on occasion in recent years, and has stepped up from the vice captain role he fulfilled last season.
The appointment was revealed on United’s official Twitter account, with the following message sent out: ‘Congratulations to @carras16 – our new #MUFC captain!’
Carrick has played 459 games for the Red Devils since moving to Old Trafford 11 years ago in the summer of 2006. He has won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the Europa League, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.
He is the only player remaining from Sir Alex Ferguson’s side that won Europe’s premier club competition in 2008, now that Rooney has returned to Merseyside.
“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” he told MUTV.
“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.”