Michael Carrick sends message to Man United fans about becoming captain

The new Manchester United captain vows to lead by example in his new role

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Carrick has vowed to lead by example after the experienced midfielder was confirmed as Manchester United’s new captain.

The England international will take over the captain’s armband from Wayne Rooney after the club’s record goal-scorer sealed a return to boyhood club Everton earlier this week.

Carrick, who was confirmed as the new club captain on Tuesday, was handed a new one-year contract extension earlier this summer to extend his stay at Old Trafford until 2018.

The 35-year-old started the season out-of-favour under new Jose Mourinho before the playmaker battled back into first-team contention in the 2016-17 campaign.

Indeed, Carrick made 23 appearances in the Premier League and featured in a further 14 games as Manchester United won the EFL Cup and the Europa League last term.

Speaking to the club’s website about his appointment as the new Manchester United captain, 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.”

Carrick moved to Manchester United in a £16m deal from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 as a long-term replacement for Roy Keane.

The veteran midfielder has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, three League Cups and the FA Cup during a decorated career at Old Trafford so far.

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