Michael Carrick to be honoured
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to receive his own testimonial, the club have announced.
The game will consist of United’s 2008 XI vs Carrick’s all-star team and will take place at Old Trafford this summer. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.
Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs will all play in the United team, while the All-Stars side will feature Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen, with more to be announced.
Carrick, who also won 34 caps for England, said: ‘To have played for the greatest football club for 11 years is something that I’m very proud of and it is an honour to have been given a testimonial.
‘The game will be very special for myself and my family and I hope it will also be a memorable day of celebration for all involved.
‘It is such a privilege to have this amazing opportunity and I’m excited at the prospect of bringing together some former team-mates as well as some of the best players I’ve played against.
‘The incredible support I’ve received over the years is something I’m very grateful for and I could never thank you, the fans, enough.
‘As much as the occasion is about football, I also see this as a chance to give something back.
‘All the proceeds from the game are going to charity. I hope to raise as much money as possible for my Foundation to help make a difference to children’s lives.
‘It’s something I’m very passionate about and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to making this testimonial possible.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10