The 35-year-old was Jose Mourinho’s vice-captain last year and led the side out on several occasions after being introduced alongisde Paul Pogba and Herrera to great effect back in October.
He will remain at Old Trafford for one more year after signing another extension on his existing contract following what was an impressive campaign at the base of midfield.
And it has been confirmed that, with United flying out to Los Angeles for their pre-season tour on Sunday, Carrick and Herrera have been named captain and vice captain respectively.
Michael Carrick has reportedly been named Manchester United’s new captain. Ander Herrera will be vice-captain.
— ManUnitedMedia (@ManUnitedMedia) July 5, 2017
Mourinho has opted for a leadership model that takes care of both the ‘club captain’ and ‘on-the-pitch captain’ roles. Carrick, after all, will probably start around half of United’s games next season, serving more as an all-round father figure instead – somebody who understands the fabric of this club better than any player in the squad. This particular form of captaincy is far more dependent on one’s character, and nobody embodies class and poise better than Carrick.
Herrera, meanwhile, will look to further entrench himself in the side’s starting XI and has already been United’s de facto captain for some time now, militantly orchestrating midfield proceedings on a weekly basis – the proverbial heartbeat and lungs of this Mourinho side.
And then, of course, comes the elephant in the room: what does this all mean for Wayne Rooney?