Michael Carrick has been appointed captain at Manchester United.
Michael Carrick has been appointed captain at Manchester United. David Rogers

Carrick named to replace Rooney as skipper

FOOTBALL: Michael Carrick has been named Manchester United's new captain following Wayne Rooney's departure.

Rooney moved to Everton earlier this week after signing a two-year deal and United has wasted no time announcing his replacement with Carrick revealed as the club's new captain in a tweet posted from the club's official account.

The midfielder, who has made 479 Premier League appearances and has 34 England caps to his name is a five-time Premier League winner with United.

The 35-year-old signed from Tottenham in 2006 and has been a key figure in the club's success, securing a host of silverware during his 11 years at Old Trafford.

Carrick has claimed the Champions League, FA Cup and FIFA Club World Cup during an illustrious career and said he was delighted to be named club captain.

"It feels great," he said.

"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 stressed he has no intentions of changing his character for the role and admitted he has a laid-back approach.

"I will just be myself. You can't change. It's wrong, I think, to suddenly become a new role and to change, shouting and screaming at everyone telling them what to do," he said.

"I'm not like that.

"I'll obviously speak when I need to speak but I'm quite laid-back and chilled out really, trying to lead by example if I can."