Giggs, Scholes, Gerrard and Lampard to grace Carrick's Manchester United testimonial
The long-serving midfielder will see his 11 years at Old Trafford recognised with a fixture between a Red Devils 2008 XI and an All-Stars side in June
Michael Carrick has been awarded a testimonial by Manchester United in recognition of his 11 years of loyal service at the club.
The England international joined the Red Devils from Tottenham in 2006 and has gone on to make almost 450 appearances.
During that time he has won five Premier League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup, the Champions League and Club World Cup.
He is now vice-captain and a key figure in Jose Mourinho’s plans at 35 years of age.
Carrick will now see his performances and professionalism acknowledged by a match between a United 2008 XI and an All-Stars side on June 4 – with all monies raised distributed through the Michael Carrick Foundation.
Among the stars on show at Old Trafford will be United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville, along with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen.
Carrick told United’s official website: "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."
Mourinho said: "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.
“This will be a fitting way for Michael and his family to celebrate his achievements over the past 11 years and for Michael to create a lasting legacy through his foundation."