Manchester United fans longing for the days of Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout will get taste of the glory years this summer with the Scot lined up to manage the home team in Michael Carrick’s testimonial in June.
The Daily Mail report Ferguson will take charge of the Manchester United team with members of the 2008 Champions League-winning side lined up to play a Michael Carrick All-Star XI.
Speaking on MUTV, the former Manchester United boss is delighted to be part of a special day that will honour a player he bought 11 years ago and who was part of that memorable night in Moscow when arguably one of Ferguson’s best United teams overcame rivals Chelsea to win their third European Cup.
“I think the best bit will be seeing the players, to be honest with you.
“It was a really great bunch of players with a great attitude about them and a good, strong squad.
“I’m delighted Michael is getting a testimonial. It tells you Manchester United are probably the only club in England that can do that. Players do tend to stay a long time here. We don’t have players here one minute and gone the next.”
The former Tottenham midfielder will share the proceeds of the game with the newly formed Michael Carrick Foundation charity with a host of stars lined up to attend on the day including, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Louis Saha and Owen Hargreaves. Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez are also hoping to make the date.
Harry Redknapp will be in charge of the All Stars, having managed the 35-year-old at Tottenham, with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard among the stars Redknapp will manage at Old Trafford.
There has been no word on Carrick signing a new contract at Manchester United with his latest deal due to expire this summer, the testimonial on June 4th may be a fitting tribute to a player who has given his best years to the club, and give fans the opportunity to show their appreciation, possibly for the last time.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena