Louis Van Gaal Appoints Michael Carrick Manchester United Vice-Captain

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Manager hands veteran star added responsibility.

Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has handed the club’s vice captaincy to veteran midfielder-cum-defender Michael Carrick, according to the BBC.

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Darren Fletcher was given the role as deputy at the start of the season, but the Scot has been restricted to just 49 minutes since the end of August.

The 33-year-old England international recently returned from an kale injury sustained over the summer to play a key part in the club’s recent six-game winning streak.

“I have three captains,” said Van Gaal. “You have a sequence: Wayne Rooney is one, Carrick is two, Fletcher three.”

Van Gaal also praised Carrick for the calming role he brings to the side ahead of their Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday.

“He brings a lot of experience but also a lot of composure,” said the Dutchman.

“He can transfer my philosophy on to the pitch.”

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