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Man United move Michael Carrick testimonial kick-off for benefit gig

Michael Carrick has had to change the kick-off time of his testimonial this weekend due to a benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

The match at Old Trafford, which will feature Manchester United's 2008 Champions League winners against a Carrick all-star XI, will now start at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday rather than 4 p.m.

It was announced on Tuesday that Ariana Grande will host the One Love Manchester concert at Old Trafford cricket ground, just half a mile down the road, on the same day.

It is a week since a bomb at the pop singer's concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 and injured 116.

Carrick said via his Twitter account: "Unfortunately we have had to change the kick-off time and I'm sorry if this causes an inconvenience to anyone attending the game.

"Our game, and the coming together of the people of Manchester has taken on a much greater significance since the tragic events of Monday, May 22.

"I personally want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families, friends and all those affected.

"We want everybody to know that we are Manchester and we show a sense of togetherness and we give our full support to the benefit concert after our game.

"I'm looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend at the Testimonial to celebrate what our city is about."

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick has won 11 major trophies since joining Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006.

Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus are all set to perform alongside Grande with the proceeds going to the Manchester Emergency Fund.

Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes and Patrice Evra are among those set to play in Carrick's testimonial.

Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins added: "We've been working with Michael Carrick's team and [Grande's] team to try and make this happen, because clearly we can't have 65,000 people in Old Trafford for Michael Carrick's [testimonial game] and 50,000 in Lancashire cricket club, both at the same time.

"It would just have caused utter traffic chaos, let alone the security issues for us."

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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