Gerrard was guaranteed to be the pantomime villain at Old Trafford on Sunday, after being selected in the squad for Harry Redknapp’s All-Stars.
But the ex-England skipper picked up a hamstring injury on Friday, while playing for a BT Sport team in a five-a-side game in Cardiff, a part of their build-up to Saturday night’s Champions League final.
Gerrard damaged the muscle in the act of scoring, and now misses out on a return to a ground where he was routinely booed during his career – and admits he’s “absolutely gutted”.
“I managed to score a couple of goals, one of the lucky ones I hit I managed unfortunately to do my hamstring as I hit that one.
“I’m going to be out for two to three weeks unfortunately.
“I’m gutted, I love playing with Michael. He’s a fantastic guy and an ex-team-mate of mine, but unfortunately I’m not going to be able to play in his testimonial at the weekend.
“I’m absolutely gutted.
“It wasn’t fair, Hashtag United have been preparing and training for this for a year, where as we just rolled up and played. That’s my excuse why we lost 12-9.”
Gerrard’s injury doesn’t exactly leave Redknapp short of midfield options however, given the presence in his squad of Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf, former Spanish international duo Marcos Senna and Gaizka Mendieta and Frank Lampard.
Redknapp’s squad also includes Shay Given, former United defender Phil Neville, Michel Salgado, Jamie Carragher, John Terry, Eric Abidal, Joan Capdevila, Damien Duff, Richard Garcia, ex-United striker Michael Owen, Robbie Keane and Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Manchester United’s Michael Carrick testimonial squad
Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Wes Brown ,Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Mikael Silvestre, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Ji-sung Park, Owen Hargreaves, Anderson (not playing), Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha, Dimitar Berbatov