Wayne Rooney granted testimonial by Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have granted Wayne Rooney a testimonial after 12 years as a player at the club.

The testimonial is expected to be played in August 2016 as part of Man United’s pre-season preparations.

Rooney will donate all of the proceeds from the testimonial to four charities of his choice and in a statement, he has thanked everyone involved in making it happen.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality,” he said.

“Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club.

“The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises.

“Most of all I hope the fans will come out in force and help raise as much money as possible for these amazing charities, all of which are very close to my heart for different reasons.”

Reports suggest Everton are who Rooney wants to choose as an opponent and there are separate murmurings that David Moyes could be one of the managers. Imagine that, Moyes managing Man United in the testimonial? Stuff of nightmares, unless it Moyes as Ryan Giggs’ assistant just for a laugh.

Rooney was always going to get a testimonial and deserves one for what he’s done over the course of his career. It’ll be very interesting to see who turns up for it because Cristiano Ronaldo is one player who’d Rooney, and the fans, would love to see back at Old Trafford in a United shirt again.

As for the other players who’ve played with Rooney, take your pick: Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo. He could make one hell of a team for the testimonial.

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