Tuesday 22 August 2017

Carrick planning laid-back approach to United captaincy

Michael Carrick has replaced Wayne Rooney as Manchester United captain. Photo: Oli Scarff
Michael Carrick has replaced Wayne Rooney as Manchester United captain. Photo: Oli Scarff

Jamie Holland

Michael Carrick has been confirmed as the new captain of Manchester United following Wayne Rooney's departure.

"When I came here 12 years ago as a 25-year-old, I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much," he said.

"Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it will be a real pleasure."

Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and his contribution at Old Trafford was recognised with a testimonial last month.

The 35-year-old, who is United's longest-serving player following Rooney's exit, said of his style of captaincy: "I will just be myself.

"You can't change and it would be wrong to come in and suddenly start shouting and screaming at everyone, telling them what to do.

"I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak but I am quite laid-back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example."

Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata will get a glimpse of what might have been as Real Madrid and Manchester United share the same pre-season facilities in Los Angeles.

spurned Chelsea, spurned by Romelu Lukaku, is a possible destination for Morata, but first comes a trip to the United States after being included in 26-man squad heading on Real Madrid's pre-season tour.

Zinedine Zidane's side are due in LA today and, perhaps awkwardly for Morata, will be training a stone's throw from United, who are also using the facilities at UCLA this summer.

The teams will meet in the UEFA Super Cup next month as well as in the International Champions Cup on July 23, but whether Morata is still at Real by the time they meet in the Levi's Stadium is another matter.

The Red Devils' first match of a hectic pre-season comes against the LA Galaxy on Saturday after a week of hard work on and off the field. While Mourinho drills his troops Stateside, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has yet to join the travelling group as he works behind the scenes to sign more players.

A senior United source was dismissive of talk of a move for Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko, but Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic continues to be on the radar.

United are trying to push through a deal for the Croatia forward before he is due to fly to China with Inter Milan next Tuesday for the start of their pre-season tour.

The omission from United's pre-season tour of Adnan Januzaj, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, suggests that he could be on his way out of the club, with Real Sociedad a possible destination for the Belgian, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is said to be of interest to Leeds.

Pep Guardiola has been left stunned and angered by Dani Alves' decision to reject Manchester City in favour of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Barcelona and Juventus full-back was fully expected to sign for the Premier League side and, even after meeting Guardiola last week, had City convinced that he would be turning out in sky blue next season.

But a bumper offer from the Parisians' new sporting director Antero Henrique has turned Alves' head and the Brazilian will, pending a medical, hook up with PSG boss Unai Emery, who is well aware of the right-back's talents from his time in Spain.

City have had something of a clearout in defence this summer, releasing two right-backs in Pablo Zabaleta (now at West Ham) and Bacary Sagna (unattached) as well as left-back Gael Clichy. Eliaquim Mangala will also leave the club as Guardiola looks to reshape his backline in his image, but Alves was earmarked for one of the right-back spots as they negotiated with Tottenham over the transfer of Kyle Walker.

Spurs have no need to sell the England international for anything below their £50m asking price, and their negotiating position has been strengthened by Alves' decision to turn his back on his former Barcelona coach.

Walker will still, in all likelihood, leave White Hart Lane after a late-season fallout with Mauricio Pochettino but with Alves' deal falling through, Guardiola just found himself with no right-backs and a more difficult negotiating positiont for his top target .

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