English Premiership

Carrick delighted with testimonial match

2017-06-05 09:21
Michael Carrick (Gettty Images)

Cape Town - Michael Carrick thoroughly enjoyed his testimonial where a Manchester United 2008 XI took on an All-Star XI at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 35-year-old, who has extended his stay at the club for another season, having joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, netted the final goal of his testimonial that ended 2-2.

The former West Ham and Spurs man, with five Premier League titles to his name, alongside an FA Cup, three Football League Cup, six Community Shields, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Europa League, described the day as "incredible".

Old Trafford was packed for the occasion, with a beaming Carrick telling MUTV: "It's incredible. I've pictured in recent weeks how the game was going to go and how the day was going to go and if everyone was going to be fit enough to play and all sorts of things.

"But the game was great - I think everyone enjoyed it - and to score was amazing, probably more amazing for my kids watching in the stands because they were begging for me to score today."

He added: "I think everybody deserves a break now, especially after last week when we had to move the kick-off time. A lot of changes had to be made so it's been quite a stressful week.

"In the end, we played and it was a success and it was better than I could have hoped for, so I'm delighted.

"I can switch off now and go away with my family and probably throw my phone into the sea now so I don't have to take any more calls or emails and just get my head together to get ready for pre-season."

Carrick's team:

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Players: Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Nemanja Vidic, Mikael Silvestre, Owen Hargreaves, Ryan Giggs, Ji-Sung Park, Paul Scholes, Darren Fletcher, Dimitar Berbatov, Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney, and Carrick.

All Stars' team:

Manager: Harry Redknapp

Players: Shay Given, Michel Salgado, Eric Abidal, Joan Capdevila, Phil Neville, Jamie Carragher, John Terry, Gaizka Mendieta, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Clarence Seedorf, Damien Duff, Richard Garcia, Marcos Senna, Robbie Keane, Michael Owen and Eidur Gudjohnsen.

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