Jose Mourinho has named Michael Carrick as the new Manchester United club captain, following skipper Wayne Rooney’s departure this week.
The 35-year-old joined United from Tottenham in July 2006 and has five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup and the Champions League during his 11 seasons at the club, his contribution being recognised in a testimonial last month.
Speaking to MUTV Carrick gave his reaction: “It feels great. It’s such a huge honour to captain such a great club. It’s my twelfth year now and I came as a 25-year-old and never thought I could be here this long and be able to achieve so much.
“To now try and lead the boys and look after the young boys, to try and guide them in some way, is a nice thing to be. It’s a real pleasure.
“I came to this club as a footballer and I’m now a huge fan. I’ve grown to love this club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”
Carrick signed a one year contract extension at the end of last season after 38 appearances, including 23 in the Premier League. However the longest serving member of the Red Devils didn’t start a league game until November and was a substitute for both the EFL Cup final and Europa League final.
It is unlikely that Carrick will play every week next season as Mourinho opts for a leadership model that takes care of both the ‘club captain’ and ‘on-the-pitch captain’ roles, which will see Carrick serve more of an all-round role. Mourinho is also determined to push through a deal to sign a new holding midfielder before the close of the transfer window.
Carrick becomes the eighth United captain of the Premier League era, after Bryan Robson, Steve Bruce, Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Vidic and Rooney.