Michael Carrick has been awarded a testimonial by Manchester United to mark his 11 years at Old Trafford.
The testimonial will be contested by a Manchester United 2008 XI vs Michael Carrick All-Stars.
The players confirmed for United XI are Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
Confirmed for the All-Stars line-up are Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen.
It is all for charity. Profits will go to the Michael Carrick Foundation. The charity focuses on creating opportunities for children to feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve.
The 35-year-old midfielder said he feels honoured to be given a testimonial. “To have played for the greatest football club for 11 years is something that I’m very proud of”.
“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. As much as the occasion is about football, I also see this as a chance to give something back”.
Jose Mourinho said he is “delighted Michael has been awarded a testimonial. Michael is a phenomenal person and a true professional. He gives stability in our game and mental freedom to the other guys around him to be more attacking”.
The Portuguese said this is a fitting way for Michael and his family to celebrate his achievements at the club. He concluded that it is an appropriate way for Michael “to create a lasting legacy through his foundation”.
Carrick’s out of contract in the summer. However, after the important role he’s played for Mourinho’s side this season, he’s expected to extend his stay.
When asked about it at the testimonial press conference he said: ‘Right now there is nothing to report’.