Michael Carrick has been awarded a 2017 testimonial by Manchester United to mark his 11 years with the club.
Carrick joined United in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur and has since won five Premier League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup, a FIFA World Club Cup and the 2008 UEFA Champions League.
The major highlight of the testimonial will be a match between Manchester United 2008 XI and Michael Carrick All-Stars to be played at Old Trafford on Sunday 4th June 2017. The confirmed list of players for the United team includes Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, while the All-Stars line-up will feature Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen. More stars will be announced in the coming weeks.
Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United, 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.”
John Shiels, Manchester United Foundation CEO, said: “This is a tremendous gesture from the vice-captain of Manchester United. Throughout his time at the club, Michael has always supported our Foundation and visited a number of our partner schools and projects. He has not only been a constant and inspiring role model for the young people we work with, but over the years I have also been particularly struck by the sensitive and compassionate way he has taken time out to meet supporters with life-limiting conditions. Michael’s generosity doesn’t surprise me, but it goes without saying Manchester United Foundation is incredibly grateful.”
Watch a part of Michael’s journey with Manchester United
Michael Carrick has revealed that he will probably retire from football if he is not given a new contract by Manchester United when his current deal expires this summer.