Sir Alex Ferguson is the most decorated and longest-serving manager in Manchester United’s long and decorated history. In his 26 years at the club, United won 13 Premier Leagues, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions Leagues. Since his retirement in 2013, United have resembled a shell of their former selves, finishing no higher than fourth in the last three seasons.
Now, according to Goal.com, the legendary manager will make his return to the touchlines for one night as Ferguson will manage the 2008 Manchester United XI for long-time midfielder Michael Carrick’s testimonial match on June 4. Despite retiring, Ferguson has remained with the club as an ambassador and current manager Jose Mourinho has encouraged him to spend time in the locker room and involve himself with the team’s current players.
The United XI will feature United legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar, and Gary Neville. Former United men Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo have also been contacted, however their status is unknown as of now due to club committments. The opposing Michael Carrick All Star XI will be managed by Harry Redknapp and it will feature England legends such as Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen.
Carrick has been at the club since 2006 and has played over 300 matches with the Red Devils. With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, his status is unclear and Carrick has said that if he is not offered a new contract, he plans on retiring from football.