Alex Ferguson explains why he used to wind up Michael Carrick at the start of the season

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Words Manchester United fans never thought they would read: Sir Alex Ferguson will be making a return to the Old Trafford dugout.

Admittedly, it may only for one night as part of Michael Carrick's testimonial but that should only make it an even greater occasion.

The club confirmed on Monday that the legendary Scot will take charge of a Man United team made up of the stars who won the Champions League in 2008.

They will face an All-Star XI managed by Harry Redknapp and will feature Carrick's ex-England teammates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard on June 2.

After the Red Devils announced that their former boss will be on the touchline once again, a rare interview with Ferguson was also released.

Of course, the man of the moment Carrick was a hot topic of discussion and being the person who brought the Man United vice-captain to Old Trafford, who better to discuss his service to the club?

Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and has made over 446 appearances across all competitions - chipping in with 23 goals too.

And Ferguson was extremely pleased the centre-midfielder is being honoured for his loyalty with a testimonial.

"I’m delighted Michael is getting a testimonial. It tells you Manchester United are probably the only club in England that can do that," Ferguson said.

"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."

The ex-United manager also revealed how he used to purposefully tease Carrick because it would usually take the England international a few months of the season to find his form.

He added: "When he came at first, I used to wind him up a little bit.

"In the start to the season, he was always a slow starter when he first came.

"The rain started to come in September and October and he came into his own. But after a few years, he took that to mind, that I'm going to show him."

You can't argue with the results of Fergie's methods. Even this season Carrick has been an integral player for Jose Mourinho and now the managers for his testimonial have been confirmed it is sure to be a fitting tribute for the 35-year-old.

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