Michael Carrick Scores in Testimonial, Man United '08 Draw 2-2 with All-Star XI

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2017

Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (R) celebrates with Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (L) after scoring the opening goal from the penalt spot during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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Michael Carrick's testimonial match at Old Trafford between an all-star team and the Manchester United '08 squad finished in a 2-2 draw on Sunday, with the midfielder scoring the final goal.

Gaizka Mendieta gave the Michael Carrick All-Stars the lead against the run of play, but Nemanja Vidic pulled the hosts level before half-time.

United dominated after the break, but Robbie Keane took advantage of a mistake to reclaim the lead for the All-Stars. Carrick himself tied things up before leaving the pitch to a standing ovation.

Squawka News shared the teams that started the match:

Squawka News @SquawkaNews

Michael Carrick All-Stars XI vs. Man Utd '08: Given; Salgado, Carragher, Terry, Abidal; Senna, Seedorf, Mendieta; Duff, Keane, Owen.

John Terry and Jamie Carragher took a round of jeers with a smile as the match got underway, as Old Trafford predictably went after their former rivals.

Chances were few in number early on. Clarence Seedorf showed class is permanent with some expert passing, and Patrice Evra claimed a penalty after contact with Carragher.

Paul Scholes released Wayne Rooney, who only just missed the target with a lob, before Seedorf opened up the defence with a stunning pass, and a quick move involving Eric Abidal and Keane resulted in a Mendieta goal.

The Manchester Evening News' Stuart Mathieson didn't hide his appreciation for the Dutch midfielder:

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Clarence Seedorf at 41 has still got it. #mufc

Evra and Rooney combined for a huge chance immediately after kick-off, with the latter heading wide. The hosts were rewarded for their attacking intentions shortly after, as Vidic delivered one of his typical headers after a corner from Giggs.

BenchWarmers took a shot at the team's current defence:

Carrick himself went close with a strike from 25 yards out with goalkeeper Shay Given not paying any attention, and Scholes tried his luck as well, with the stopper intervening.

At half-time, United's official Twitter account noted Carrick appeared to be having a blast:

Manchester United @ManUtd

.@Carras16 has been in the thick of things so far, and looks to be enjoying his testimonial... #MUFC https://t.co/Duq0zKYHzr

Gary Neville kicked the second half off with a bang, but not the kind he would have hoped―he comically missed a volley that resulted in a throw-in. The cameras were focused every time he went near Sky Sports colleague Carragher, and to the surprise of no one, the two clashed, via MailOnline Sport:

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LIVE: @Carra23 with a crunching tackle on @GNev2 https://t.co/927IMto06c https://t.co/j67rtUQB4U

The United XI remained the better team, but similar to the first half, the All-Stars proved more efficient. Keane calmly worked the ball past Edwin van der Sar after taking advantage of some comical defending.

The All-Stars showed their quality after the second goal, taking control of proceedings, but they couldn't stop the man of the hour from tying things up. Carrick finished off a fine move with one of his final kicks of the ball, as he left the pitch after 84 minutes:

Manchester United @ManUtd

84' - And now, @Carras16 receives a standing ovation as Scholes comes back on to take his place. #MUFC

Despite some nervy moments in the final minutes, there would be no more goals, and the two teams shared the spoils. 


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