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Picture Gallery: Manchester United 2008 XI 2-2 Michael Carrick All Stars

by Leo Nieboer

Sir Alex Ferguson returned to the Old Trafford dug-out for the first time since retiring in 2013 to take charge of the Champions League winning side of 2008 as they took on an All Stars XI managed by Harry Redknapp for Michael Carrick‘s testimonial.

Gaizka Mendieta opened the scoring for the visitors before former skipper Nemanja Vidic levelled the scores on the stroke of half time with a trademark header.

The All Stars took the lead again through a smart chip from Robbie Keane, only for Carrick, the man of the hour, to power home an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner with six minutes left.

Here is a photo gallery from what was a star-studded afternoon at Old Trafford.

Yes, I know, another home draw at Old Trafford. Very funny. But this was a genuinely entertaining battle between a group players who, not so long ago, dominated the world stage.

And none of them have completely lost their magic touch: Ji Sung-Park, now 36, went about his business as if he was man-marking Lionel Messi in 2011 again. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were both majestic on the ball, with the latter rolling back the years with a pin-point pass over the top for Wayne Rooney in the first half, who looked as if he had found his level.

The standout talent, however, at least for me, was the former AC Milan and Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf, who looks as if he could still walk into most sides at the age of 41.

With all that said, this afternoon was always about making a contribution towards the Michael Carrick Foundation, which aims at improving the lives of disadvantaged children, and those involved can be proud of what was a great event.

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