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Manchester United give Michael Carrick testimonial

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have announced that Michael Carrick will receive a testimonial at the end of the season to commemorate his 11 years at the club.

The testimonial will feature a game between a Man United 2008 XI and an All-Stars side including the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen.

Carrick, yet to confirm whether he will remain at Man United for another year, has requested for all funds generated by the event to be donated to a variety of charities.

The club’s official website confirmed that the testimonial will take place on June 4th.

It has also been confirmed that United’s 2008 XI will contain the likes of Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Further big names are set to be announced in due course, with Wes Brown, Ji-Sung Park, Owen Hargreaves all likely to feature as well.

Three other players from that double-winning squad that I, for various reasons, would also want to see are Cristiano Ronaldo (obviously), Anderson (mainly for sheer comedic value) and, most pertinently, Carlos Tevez. Not because of any warm feelings for the striker, but primarily to see what sort of reception he receives.

But speculation surrounding who will play is of secondary concern; the most important aspect of this upcoming event is, of course, that the proceeds will go towards helping younger people and their development.

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