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Manchester United will put on a testimonial game for Wayne Rooney next season. The game will honor Rooney’s time at the club.
The game will take place on Aug. 3 next year and will feature a Manchester United XI against an yet-to-be-determined opponent. Rooney was honored to be given a testimonial and all the profits from the match will go to charity.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality,” Rooney told The Guardian. “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.”
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was urged by fans to award Rooney a testimonial for his 11 years of service to the club.
“I am delighted that United fans will be able to celebrate Wayne’s amazing years at the club in this way,” Woodward said.
“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.”