Sir Alex to make a return to Old Trafford dugout

Manchester United 2008 XI will take on Michael Carrick's All-Star XI, a side which will include former England colleagues Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

"I think the best bit will be seeing the players," said Alex Ferguson about returning to the Manchester United dugout.   -  REUTERS

Manchester United's beloved manager Sir Alex Ferguson will be the in the team's dugout for Michael Carrick's testimonial game on the fourth of June in Old Trafford.

Manchester United 2008 XI will take on Carrick's All-Star XI, a side which will include former England colleagues Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Carrick, who came to United from Tottenham in 2006, has made over 300 appearances for the club.

"I think the best bit will be seeing the players, to be honest with you," told Ferguson to MUTV.

"No [I don't miss managing]. I miss the big games of course but I made my decision and I’m enjoying it. I don’t have to worry about you lads or the agents or the press conferences and having to control that press secretary of mine!

"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."

"I read about what Michael’s intentions are [with the funds raised for the event] and I think it’s very honourable. I think he’s shown he’s prepared to share his success and his contribution to the charity, starting it himself, will be very, very worthwhile."

The 2008 side, which won the Premier League as well as conquering Europe, was one of Ferguson's finest and is fondly remembered by United fans.

"Well, to win the European Cup is fantastic," said Ferguson. "It was a really great bunch of players with a great attitude about them and a good, strong squad. My problem in the 2008 final, maybe I even regret it to this day, was I left Ji-sung Park out completely in the final. He’d played such a great role and that’s the problem when you get to these finals. 

"At Wembley [against Barcelona two years later], I did it to Dimitar Berbatov and he took it badly. He didn’t deserve it. No player deserves to be left out of the final. That’s why we try hard at these European seminars with the coaches to try to get 11 subs in the final."

"You’ve got four or five sitting in the stand who made fantastic contributions in getting there. You start the tournament in September and go through to May and changes can happen. Maybe you sign a player in January, for instance, who can end up playing in the final. It’s a difficult part, always, picking a team for the final in Moscow and I had to make that horrible decision."

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