The defender's testimonial was a grand occasion as he received a warm ovation from the crowd but he hinted that the bigger game is at the weekend when Wigan Athletic provide the opposition in the Community Shield at Wembley.
"I'm just disappointed we didn't get the win today," the centre-back said on the pitch afterwards during an interview with actor pal James Nesbitt. "It got a bit better after half time but we're disappointed. However, on Sunday, we're going there to win.
"I appreciate it. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to come today and I had loads of friends and family here. It's great to celebrate with you fans who have done so much for us.
"I dreamed about winning things and being a winner, getting my hands on trophies. I came here and it was a great platform to do that. It's an honour to play for this club for so many years and I will continue to do so until they tell me to leave. I love it here. I became a Manchester lad.
"Your support is much needed - we have a new manager now and everyone has got to get together behind him."