Michael Carrick’s decade of service at Old Trafford is being rewarded with a testimonial match this month.
The midfielder first donned a Manchester United jersey on August 23 2006.
Sir Alex Ferguson had managed to land him from Tottenham for £18.6m as a replacement of Reds’ historic captain Roy Keane, who had just parted from the club.
Eleven years have passed and Carrick now seems everything but a “replacement”, or even the substitute of a legend.
He’s instead become a key man himself, become a major part of the Red Devils side over the past 11 years.
With Jose Mourinho leading Manchester United to win the club’s first Europa League this year, Carrick has now hoisted up 10 trophies with the club – including five Premier Leagues, one Champions League and an FA Cup.
It seems, then, that Manchester United have quite good reasons to give him this tribute.
Here’s all you need to know about Michael Carrick’s testimonial…
When is it taking place?
Old Trafford will host the game on Sunday June 4.
Kick-off is set for 2:30pm.
Who is playing?
The match is between Manchester United’s 2008 starting XI Champions League winners and a Michael Carrick All-Stars XI.
Here are the confirmed line-ups:
Manchester United 2008 XI: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Mikael Silvestre, Owen Hargreaves, Ryan Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher Dimitar Berbatov, Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson.
Micheal Carrick All Star XI: Shay Given, Michel Salgado, Eric Abidal, Joan Capevila, Phil Neville, Jamie Carragher, John Terry, Gaizka Mendieta, Steven Gerrard, Clarence Seedorf, Damien Duff, Richard Gacia, Marcos Senna, Robbie Keane, Michael Owen, Eidur Gudjohnsen
Manager: Harry Redknapp.
What will happen to the money raised from the match?
Carrick has chosen to donate the proceeds from the testimonial to a number of chosen charities.
The 35-year-old midfielder has recently created the Michael Carrick Foundation, which will be in charge of distributing the money amongst such charities – based in Manchester and Newcastle – focusing on young people and their development.
“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,” Michael Carrick has said.
“It is such a privilege to have this amazing opportunity,” he continued, “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.”
His manager Jose Mourinho added: “I am 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. He has a big understanding of the game and is a great role model for our younger players.