Michael Carrick is optimistic Cristiano Ronaldo could return to Old Trafford again to partake in his testimonial match this summer.
After spending 11 years in the Red Devils shirt, a tribute game has been scheduled in honor of the Mancunian midfield maestro. In his unforgettable spell with the Old Trafford outfit, Carrick has acquired every English domestic trophy under his belt.
Michael Carrick has been rewarded with a testimonial this summer! Fully Deserved!
Oh oh oh It’s Carrick! You know… pic.twitter.com/ECwaCBrb9z
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) March 2, 2017
The Englishman also shares a memory with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, one which unremarkably gives Manchester United fans a nostalgic feeling. The duo played vital roles in the Sir Alex Ferguson team that defeated Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League in Moscow.
For this reason, members of the star-studded class of ’08 have been sent invitations to once again don the famous red jersey and face an All-Star eleven put together by Micheal Carrick. Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville, Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have already confirmed their availability for the June 2017 event.
Van Der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Scholes, Giggs, Gerrard, Lampard and Owen all confirmed for Carrick’s testimonial [@MikeKeegan_DM]
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However, Carrick remains uncertain regarding the stance of former Red Devil stars Cristiano Ronaldo and also Carlos Tevez. This is as a result of Ronaldo potentially featuring for Real Madrid in the Champions League final being hosted on June 3 in Cardiff.
Currently, Los Blancos have a foot in the last eight of the competition after seeing off Napoli in a 3:1 victory at home.
Imagine if Ronaldo & Tevez play in Carrick’s testimonial. The ’08 gang back together.
— Shahzad (@ShaZ___01) March 2, 2017
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Carrick said:
“From 2008, for everyone, there are loads gone on but whatever has gone on, you can’t take that away, that feeling we had and what we achieved together.
“It would be great to get every single player together. I’ve spoken to Ronaldo but it’s the Champions League final the day before. Who knows? There’s a reason I can’t say 100 per cent if everyone is going to be there. But most of them will be there.”
It will not be Cristiano’s first return to Old Trafford if he eventually shows up at the testimonial. In 2013, the iconic number 7 overcame his reluctance to hurt his old club by scoring in a 2:1 victory for Real Madrid at the Theatre of Dreams.
A sheepish Ronaldo refused to celebrate and, just as expected, applauds kept resounding for the Portuguese winger. Manchester United, as a result, agonizingly crashed out after that Round 16th game.
The 32-year-old Portuguese again returned in 2014 to play against his eternal rival Lionel Messi and his Argentina team in a friendly game. The Real Madrid ace paid homage to his old club by wearing a cap with the inscriptions “Born and Bred”.
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