Michael Carrick appointed as Man Utd vice-captain
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced that he has appointed Michael Carrick as vice-captain.
The Dutchman named Darren Fletcher as skipper Wayne Rooney’s deputy at the start of the season. But the Scotland international has barely featured in the team.
While Fletcher retains his responsibilities, Carrick’s influential displays in recent weeks have seen Van Gaal give him vice-captain duties, too, and he is now above Fletcher in the pecking order.
The Dutchman explained: “I have three captains. You have a sequence: Wayne Rooney is one, Carrick is two, Fletcher three.”
Van Gaal indicated that Carrick’s assured performances since returning from injury had convinced him to make the appointment.
The United boss said: “He brings a lot of experience but also a lot of composure.
“He can transfer my philosophy on to the pitch.”
The former Tottenham and West Ham star has been playing at the centre of a three-man defence in recent weeks.
But Van Gaal says he would like to have him available in mifield as well as defence.
He added: “Now we don’t have Daley Blind, when I choose Carrick in defence, I miss him in midfield.”