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Michael Carrick had his Manchester United testimonial on Sunday which gave two of the Premier League’s biggest foes, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, the chance to go head-to-head one more time.

Carragher went into the match in high spirits, mostly as he was looking forward to the prospect of doing his old sparring partner a distinct physical discourtesy.

However, Carragher was forced to wait for his opportunity as Neville began the match on the bench before finally entering the fray as a half-time substitute.

Before Carra could land a blow on him, Neville was presented with a glorious chance to shut his nemesis up when a Patrice Evra cross dropped invitingly for him on the edge of the box.

Sadly, the resultant volley was every inch as powerful and accurate as you’d imagine from a long-retired defender who scored just seven goals in 600-plus games for United.

Out for a throw-in. The shame of it.

And then, just minutes later, came the moment Carragher (and just about everybody else) had been waiting for.

Noticing his prey was struggling out on the touchline, the ex-Liverpool centre-back went flying in on Neville — much to the delight of the Old Trafford crowd, who cheered and then booed in unison.

Ouch.

Listening to Carragher’s slow-motion video analysis of that particular challenge is certainly going to be interesting as and when the time comes.

So, a vast amount of money was raised for the newly-founded Michael Carrick Foundation and Jamie Carragher got to nobble his good buddy Gary Neville in front of a huge audience on live television.

Everybody went home a winner.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.



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