Manchester United have fixed the 3rd of August to mark the testimonial of captain Wayne Rooney at Old trafford.It is a game that would see both clubs new bosses Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman come together for the first time for their new clubs in the premier league.
Having come through the youth ranks at Everton and made a major impression in the first team, Rooney left to join United in 2004.He has gone on to score 245 goals for United, putting him only four behind Sir Bobby Charlton‘s all-time record haul for the club, and helped them secure plenty of silverware, including five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League.
“For me there could not be a more special testimonial match,” the England skipper said on Thursday.”Manchester United and Everton are the only clubs I have played for as a professional footballer. I am happy to say now that, whatever may happen in the future, I will never play for another Premier League club.I owe United and Everton everything for giving me my footballing opportunities.”
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Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said of Rooney in Thursday’s announcement: “I couldn’t be more proud today of the young man who I first saw as an extraordinary 13-year-old.I was thrilled for him last August when Goodison Park showed him its admiration as he ran on to the pitch for his first hero, Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial.Subsequently, it was one of the easiest decisions we have ever made at Everton in agreeing to support Wayne Rooney’s testimonial by playing Manchester United at Old Trafford this August.We will try to win, Wayne, I promise you – but we will nonetheless be saluting one of our own who has gone on to become one of sport’s great icons and who still retains all of the genius, passion and love for the game that was there when he was 13.”
Jose Mourinho also took time out to hail the England captain, calling him the best England captain of the last decade.Mourinho said: “Wayne is and has been England’s best player for over a decade and this game will be a fitting tribute to everything he has achieved.I’m looking forward to what will be a very special night for us both.I’m sure the fans will make this a memorable occasion and help Wayne to raise a lot of money to help support vulnerable children.”