Manchester United have named their new club captain following the news that Wayne Rooney has returned to Everton. The man they’ve chosen? Michael Carrick. The club confirmed the news on their official website yesterday evening, and I’m delighted for the man.
He only recently had his testimonial game, but he has been a huge part of this club, through one of the most successful periods in their history. Now 35, the midfield maestro has won the absolute lot – as he completed the final piece of the puzzle by scooping a Europa League title in May.
There aren’t many better role models both on the pitch and off it within the current squad, and he’s by far our most experienced player at the club so it makes perfect sense to give him the armband.
Alright, he probably won’t play every game purely due to his age, but he’ll still have a massive influence on Manchester United Football Club over the next twelve months.
I’m sure that he’ll continue to give everything he has for United for this season and beyond, and what an incredible honour it must be for him.
Upon being given the armband, Carrick said:
“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.”