Wednesday, 31 May 2017

United legends set to return for Carrick's star-studded testimonial

Old Trafford will pay tribute to one of our most decorated players - and one of the best ever United sides - at Michael Carrick's testimonial on Sunday.

The Reds 2008 Premier League and Champions League double winners squad will return to honour our brilliantly under-rated and long-serving number 16.
Managed by Sir Alex one last time, the Manchester United 2008 XI will face a Michael Carrick All-Stars team, managed by Carra's old West Ham boss Harry Redknapp. 

Carrick has enjoyed a magnificent and highly decorated United career spanning over 400 games and 11 years in which he's won everything there is to win at club level.
He signed for the club from Spurs in 2006 and the £18.6 million we spent on him has proved incredible value for one of the club's greatest ever signings. 

Carrick's glittering trophy haul of 18 major Old Trafford honours has seen him collect five league titles, three League Cups, an FA Cup, a Champions League, a Europa League, a Club World Cup and six Community Shields. 

He enjoyed one of his best seasons in the heart of midfield during that memorable 2007-08 season, in which United pipped Avram Grant's Chelsea to become champions of England before that never-to-be-forgotten night in Moscow. 
United beat the West London side on penalties for Champions League glory and that sense of nostalgia will be recreated on a star-studded afternoon at OT. 

Edwin van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Wes Brown and Wayne Rooney - the only member of that side other than Carrick still at the club - will all play for the 2008 team, along with the man himself. 

John Terry and Frank Lampard both played in that Champions League final and will line up for the All Stars team, along with Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. 
Overseas stars also signed up for the opposition squad include Clarence Seedorf, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Michel Salgado, Robbie Keane and Eric Abidal. 

All proceeds from the match will go to both The Manchester United Foundation and Carrick's own charity arm - the newly established Michael Carrick Foundation.
This was a charity set up by the man himself and is aimed at creating opportunities for children to feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve. 

The kick-off on Sunday has been moved forward to 2.30pm from 4pm to accommodate the benefit concert at Old Trafford cricket ground for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

It's Carrick, ya knowwww! 

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