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Confirmed XI: Carrick the captain, Vidic and Ferdinand are back

Sir Alex Ferguson returns to the dugout at Old Trafford this afternoon for Michael Carrick’s testimonial which will reunite some of the players from 2008 when Manchester United won the Premier League and UEFA Champions League double. Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Edwin van der Sar, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes – it will be a great match showing some of the best players to play for the club in the last decade. Steven Gerrard pulled himself out of the opposition team for this afternoon’s match, leaving Frank Lampard, Michel Salgado, Eric Abidal, Gaizka Mendieta, Clarence Seedorf, Michael Owen and Robbie Keane, managed by Harry Redknapp. This will be a big occasion for Carrick, who recently signed a new one-year contract at the Theatre of Dreams, aiming to win the only major trophy he has not won in his career at United, the UEFA Super Cup. Here are the starting XI’s for each of the teams, including the substitutes;

Manchester United 2008 XI:

Van der Sar;

Brown, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra;

Park, Carrick, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs;

Rooney

Substitutes:

Neville, Silvestre, G. Carrick, Hargreaves, Berbatov, Saha

Michael Carrick All-Stars XI:

Given;

Carragher, Terry (c), Abidal;

Seedorf, Mendieta, Senna;

Duff, Owen, Keane

Substitutes:

Bruce, Capdevila, P.Neville, Garcia, Sinclair, Gudjohnsen.

Wayne Rooney will be involved for Manchester United this afternoon, which could be his final farewell to the Theatre of Dreams as his future is up in the air with a decision on his future possibly already made. The return of Louis Saha and Dimitar Berbatov will be a good sight, especially for the latter, who was a fans favourite, at least once he had left the club as many did not appreciate his brilliance on the pitch on his day.

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