Wayne Rooney is yet to complete his anticipated move to Everton, but Jose Mourinho has wasted no time in appointing his successor.
The Red Devils boss must have been tempted to opt for a player who will feature more regularly, as Rooney found himself increasingly sidelined towards the end of last season.
However, Mourinho clearly values experience above all else, as the Sun have revealed Michael Carrick as the club’s next skipper.
The former England international has himself faced uncertainty over his future, but he was eventually awarded a new one-year contract.
Several players wore the armband last term, but perhaps with one eye on the future, Ander Herrera has been made vice-captain.
The midfielder certainly possesses the football intelligence to lead United, and he’s arguably one of the most fiery characters at Old Trafford too.
Gone are the days when United followed one, indispensable leader like Roy Keane. Mourinho clearly doesn’t view a stable captaincy as an absolute essential when it comes to building his team, but Carrick at least has the leadership qualities to guide the club as they head back into the Champions League.