Following Wayne Rooney’s departure to Everton, Manchester United have named Michael Carrick as their new club captain.
The 35-year-old Englishman has a world class experience, having played under the likes of Gary Neville, Nemanja Vidic and Rooney at the club level, while under David Beckham, John Terry and Steven Gerrard with the Three Lions. While talking with MUTV, Carrick said that it is a privilege for him to receive such an honour.
“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” Michael told us. “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.”
He was further asked as to what would be his style of play as a captain, to which he replied,
“I will just be myself, you can’t change and it is wrong to come into the role and then suddenly change, shouting and screaming at everyone, telling them what to do.
“I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak, but I am quite laid back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example.”
Carrick joined Manchester United back in 2006 from Tottenham for a reported fee of £18.6m and till date, he has made more than 450 appearances, winning five Premier League crowns, three Football League Cup, one FA Cup and one Champions League. He also recently signed a new one-year contract extension with the club.