Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is all set to return to management with football for Manchester United in June. Manchester United have announced today that the legendary Scotsman will take the charge of the Manchester United side in Michael Carrick’s testimonial which is set to be held on June 4.
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The testimonial has been scheduled in honour of Manchester United’s long-serving midfielder Michael Carrick and to support funds for Carrick’s new organisation the Michael Carrick Foundation and also for United’s very own Manchester United Foundation.
Ferguson will take command of Manchester United 2008 XI which won the second Champions League under the legendary manager. The Xi will feature Edwin van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and many others. While their opponent, Michael Carrick All-Star XI will be managed by his former West Ham boss Harry Redknapp which will also feature his former Three Lions team-mates John terry, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Ferguson told the United website: “I think the best bit will be seeing the players, to be honest with you.
“If Michael’s got guarantees these great players will appear, it will be fantastic crowd as it’s a real attraction.”
The 75-year-old also suggested that he is proud of Michael for his contribution towards his team and insisted that the Manchester United are the only club in England to give players such welcome, family-like atmosphere.
“I’m delighted Michael is getting a testimonial. It tells you Manchester United are probably the only club in England that can do that.
“Players do tend to stay a long time here. We don’t have players here one minute and gone the next. If you go right back to my time, most of the players stayed 10 or even more years. I think we can be proud of that fact, being a family-type club. It encourages players to put roots down here and enjoy it,” Ferguson added.
The legendary manager retired from football after winning his 13th English Premier League title with Manchester United, 38th trophies in total in 2013.
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