The return of Wayne Rooney to Everton guaranteed a promotion for Michael Carrick, 36, as Manchester United captain by manger Jose Mourinho.
The Englishman who arrived at Old Trafford in the summer of 2006 from Tottenham, is the oldest, 36, longest serving squad member. Carrick who has won five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League cup, the Champions League and the Europa League during his time at the club becomes eighth United captain of the Premier League era, after Rooney had been club captain since 2014.
- 1982-1994 | Bryan Robson
- 1992-1996 | Steve Bruce
- 1996-1997 | Eric Cantona
- 1997-2005 | Roy Keane
- 2005-2011 | Gary Neville
- 2011-2014 | Nemanja Vidic
- 2014-2017 | Wayne Rooney
- 2017- | Michael Carrick
Speaking to MUTV, Carrick said: ‘It feels great. It’s such a huge honour to captain such a great club. Obviously it’s my twelfth year now, I came as a 25-year-old, and I never believed I’d be here so long and achieve so much. He further added ‘So now to try and lead the boys and look after the young boys, try and guide them in some way, it’s a pleasure. It’s a real pleasure.’
Still speaking to MUTV, Carrick gives his approach on the game: ‘I’ll just be myself. You can’t change. It’s wrong to suddenly get a new role and be shouting and screaming at people telling them what to do. ‘I’m not like that. I’ll speak when I need to speak. But I’m quite laid back and chilled, and I’ll try to lead by example when I can.’
With Carrick only having signed a one-year contract extension, it may not be long before Mourinho is looking for another player to take on the captain’s armband for the 2018-19 season onwards. The fans favourite is Ander Herrera who serves as Vice-captain. Manchester United fans might see more of Herrera with the armband this season as Jose pursues another midfield option.