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Carrick scores as over 70,000 attend his testimonial


Michael Carrick speaks

By Chris O'Brien
June 4 2017

70,027 were at Old Trafford to show their appreciation for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, as his testimonial saw a 2008 United XI, and an All-Star XI battle out a 2-2 draw.

United heroes from the 2008 Champions League winning side were reunited on the pitch, and twice came from behind during Saturday's testimonial.

Cristiano Ronaldo - busy winning the Champions League with Real Madrid - plus Owen Hargreaves and Carlos Tevez were the only players who started the 2008 Champions League final not to feature for the 2008 Red Devils XI.

Ryan Giggs was a substitute, and scored the winning penalty against Chelsea in 2008 - and played all of the testimonial. Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher and Mikael Silvestre were unused substitutes in Moscow, and both featured on Saturday, the latter from the bench.

Park Ji-sung made four Champions League appearances during the 2007/08 season, and started this game - while Louis Saha, who replaced Paul Scholes as a substitute on Saturday, made five European appearances that season. Gary Neville also featured from the bench, having been a team-mate of Carrick up until 2011.

Dimitar Berbatov, who joined United months after the Champions League final from Spurs,  appeared as substitute. Michael's brother, Graeme Carrick, also made a cameo appearance.

Eighteen players featured for a Michael Carrick All-Star XI, including ex-Reds Michael Owen and Philip Neville. Australian international Richard Garcia, who played with Carrick at West Ham United, was among a raft of names to appear, including Trevor Sinclair, John Terry, Clarence Seedorf, Jamie Carragher and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Gaizka Mendieta broke the deadlock on 22 minutes, before a trademark Vidic header restored parity before the half-hour mark.

After the break, Garcia combined with Robbie Keane to reinstate the All Stars' advantage, but Carrick, fittingly, grabbed the final goal of the contest with a long-range effort to ensure this testimonial ended all square.

Carrick exited the field after his goal, with Scholes returning to the fray, as Old Trafford saluted his great commitment to the club. Since arriving from Spurs in 2006, Carrick has notched up an amazing 459 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals.

The 35-year-old has won the league championship on five occasions, the FA Cup once, the League Cup three times and the Community Shield on six occasions. Beyond domestic honours, Carrick has also won the Champions League, Europa League and Club World Cup, boasting a truly glittering array of honours.

Over 70,000 paid tribute to his immense service, and United fans will also be hoping he continues to represent the club with such aplomb for years to come.

Full Time - Manchester United 2008 XI 2-2 Michael Carrick All-Star XI
Attendance - 70,027

 

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