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Park Ji-sung to play in Michael Carrick’s testimonial match

South Korean icon Park Ji-sung is set to return to Old Trafford after being invited to play in a testimonial match for his former Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick.

Michael Carrick announced on his Twitter that Park will take part in his testimonial match on 4 June.

The match will feature many former and current star players as Manchester United 2008 XI take on the Michael Carrick All-Stars.

“Glad Ji is playing in my testimonial. A real players’ player who was an absolute pleasure to play with,” Carrick wrote.

“Probably didn’t get enough credit for what he brought to the team and for what he brought to the squad,” he said.

“Scored some vital goals in massive games. I just really enjoyed playing with him.”

Park joined United in 2005 from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven and played with the Red Devils for seven seasons, winning four Premier League titles as well as UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup trophies.

Park moved to Queens Park Rangers in 2012 and retired from the game in 2014. He was named one of the United’s ambassadors the same year.

In the testimonial, the 36-year-old tireless midfielder will be reunited with his former teammates, including Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs, who were all instrumental in United’s Premier League and Champions League double in 2008.

Park will also meet with his former boss, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Michael Carrick All-Stars, managed by Harry Redknapp, will include former England internationals Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Michael Owen.