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Carrick testimonial kick-off moved due to Manchester terror attack benefit concert

Date Posted,May 29, 2017

The kick-off time for Michael Carrick’s testimonial this weekend has been moved.

The encounter at Old Trafford will now take place at 2:30pm rather than 4pm on Sunday June 4, due to the benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Ariana Grande will be joined by a host of stars following the blast at the Manchester Arena last Monday.

Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Take That will also perform at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground gig on Sunday.

United have worked with authorities and the organisers of the concert to ensure both events can take place.

Michael Carrick of Manchester United celebrates with the Europa League trophy (Photo: Manchester United/Getty Images)
Ariana Grande will return to Manchester this weekend (Photo: EPA)

Michael Carrick said: “Unfortunately we have had to change the kick-off time and I’m sorry if this causes an inconvenience to anyone attending the game.

“Our game, and the coming together of the people of Manchester has taken on a much greater significance since the tragic events of Monday 22 May.

“I personally want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and all those affected.

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“We want everybody to know that we are Manchester and we show a sense of togetherness and we give our full support to the benefit concert after our game.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend at the Testimonial to celebrate what our city is about.”

A Manchester United XI from the club’s 2008 Champions League winning squad will take on a Michael Carrick All-Star XI at Old Trafford.

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