By Andrew Hyslop
- Michael Carrick has been awarded a testimonial by Manchester United
- The game will see a Manchester United 2008 XI play a Michael Carrick All-Stars team
- The game will be played at Old Trafford on June 4 2017
- Tickets available here
Manchester United vice-captain has been handed a testimonial by the club with all proceeds from the game going to the newly-formed Michael Carrick Foundation.
The match played at Old Trafford on June 4 2017 will see a Manchester United 2008 XI coming up against a Michael Carrick All-Stars team.
Confirmed players for the Manchester United team are Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs and Edwin van der Sar.
While the All-Stars will feature Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen.
More players to feature will be announced in the coming weeks.
Michael Carrick Foundation
The charities to which the testimonial proceeds will be distributed by the foundation will be based in Manchester and Newcastle initially, focusing on young people and their development. The vision of the Michael Carrick Foundation is to create opportunities for children to feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve.
The mission is to do this by giving something back for children with identified needs, by investing in specific sustainable community-centred projects creating a legacy through enriched experiences and enhanced opportunities.
Also benefiting will be projects of the Manchester United Foundation which works across some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester, using the passion for Manchester United to help and inspire youngsters.
The testimonial was awarded by the club at the request of a testimonial committee following Michael’s service of over 11 years to the club, including a recent period as vice-captain.
Michael Carrick Reaction
“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.”
Ed Woodward Reaction
“Michael is a great example of a Manchester United player. He plays the game with elegant flair, making his job look effortless. He is 100 per cent a team player and someone for the younger players to look up to. From the start at United, he showed courage to take the squad number of the great Roy Keane and he has continued to grow in responsibility and influence. For someone who has won everything in the game, his commitment, effort and work rate are great examples to young players. The testimonial is a fitting tribute to a real gentleman of the game.”