Manchester United promote new vice-captain

Darren Fletcher was handed the role of Rooney’s deputy at the start of the season but he hasn’t been able to get a lot of minutes on the pitch and Louis van Gaal has named Michael Carrick as his new vice-captain.

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa, Van Gaal highlighted Michael Carrick’s importance to the side as United have embarked on a six match winning streak.

Van Gaal said: “He is my captain so he brings a lot of experience but also a lot of composure. I can use him in different positions and I like that. He can transfer my philosophy on the pitch.”

“Next to Rooney he is my captain. Fletcher is also my captain. I have three captains but of course there is a sequence. Rooney is one, Carrick is two, Fletcher is three. In different lines of my team I have captains and that is very important. Maybe, that contribution is a big one.”

Carrick was used in the middle of a three man central defence in the 3-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford but Van Gaal does not view Carrick’s switch from his preferred midfield role as permanent.

“Now we don’t have Daley Blind, when I choose Carrick in defence, I miss him in midfield.”