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Man Utd name Carrick as new captain following Rooney departure

Michael Carrick has been named the new captain of Manchester United, replacing departed striker Wayne Rooney.

Rooney was appointed skipper by former boss Louis van Gaal, but England's record goalscorer ended his 13-year stay at Old Trafford this week to return to Everton after falling down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho has handed long-serving Carrick – who had a testimonial to mark his 11 seasons at the club last month – the armband at Old Trafford.

"I feel great, it's such a huge honour to captain such a great club," Carrick told MUTV. "Obviously it's my 12th year here now, I came as a 25-year-old and I never thought I could be here this long and achieve so much.

Carrick only started 18 Premier League matches last season, but signed a one-year contract extension in May.

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