In 2005, Old Trafford had an attendance of 69,591 for Roy Keane’s testimonial, which is even more impressive when you consider that just two months earlier, United set a record attendance in the Premiership of 69,070. Sell out.
In 2001, Old Trafford had an attendance of over 67,000, which again, was a sell out, for Ryan Giggs’ testimonial.
Jamie Carragher scored a goal for Liverpool and his beloved Everton in front of those who could be arsed to fork out the discounted tickets of just £20 a piece.
Our Michael Owen started up front for Liverpool with Emile Heskey, the ‘Treble winners’ as they are amusingly dubbed by the club’s official website. Owen forced a good save, had an effort cleared off the line, provided the assist for Joe Cole’s goal and won a penalty for Carragher to convert after his shot on goal was blocked by the hand of Shane Duffy. Carragher also took a penalty down the other end of the pitch, just as Yakubu was poised to take the spot kick.
“As an Everton fan as a kid I’ve always dreamed about scoring against Liverpool so that is why I did that,” Carragher explained, which is a fairly bizarre remark. He’s always dreamed about scoring against Liverpool? Really?
Owen was withdrawn at half-time.