Manchester United have decided to host a testimonial for Wayne Rooney next summer following a strong campaign by club supporters to honour the striker’s 11-years long service.
Rooney will play the testimonial match for a Manchester United XI at Old Trafford on 3 August, 2016. The opponent’s name is yet to be revealed. Rooney reportedly wants to play against his boyhood club Everton. All the details of the players and managers, who will feature in that special match, are expected to be confirmed within next few weeks.
Reports are saying, the 30-year-old United captain will donate all the profits from the testimonial to the Manchester United Foundation, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the NSPCC and Claire House Hospice through the newly formed foundation, Wayne Rooney.
Sources close to Rooney revealed, the decision to award the testimonial was made after a meeting between the two supporters group “like-minded individuals” and Manchester “United fans” who recently wrote a letter to the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, requesting a testimonial for Rooney following the his 11-year stint at Old Trafford.
In response to the honour the United and England captain stated “I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality, 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. 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.”
In 2004 after joining Manchester United from Everton, Rooney has won the Premier League five times along with two League Cup and one Champions League. The 30-year-old striker also have several individual accolades and is presently just 13 goals behind Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record for Manchester United.
“I am delighted that United fans will be able to celebrate Wayne’s amazing years at the club in this way,” club’s executive vice-chairman, Woodward also delighted with the decision.
“From his sensational debut hat-trick to the latest of his 236 goals, he has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club’s history, winning everything from the Club World Cup, through the Champions League and League Cup to his five Premier League titles.
“Wayne has selected good causes very close to his heart and the club is delighted to play its part, in providing Old Trafford as a fitting stage for such a game.”
According to Rooney’s agent, Paul Stretford: “When I told Wayne that the a group of fans had come together to form a testimonial committee in his honour and had been granted the rights by the club he immediately insisted that all money raised should go to charities working for disadvantaged and sick children.
“I wasn’t surprised because it is typical of Wayne as a man and a father. On Wayne’s behalf we are now working hard to make the event a huge success, memorable for the fans and creating real benefits for those who depend on Wayne’s charities.”