WAYNE Rooney has been handed a testimonial by Manchester United in recognition of 11 years at Old Trafford – and wants the game to be against his old club Everton.
Perhaps the germ for this United-Everton benefit was sown recently when Rooney turned out at Goodison in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial, a move that delight Big Dunc and saw Rooney get a warm reaction from his old Toffees fans.
The United captain (pictured in his early Everton days and also with United) has already taken a leaf out of Nial Quinn’s book by announcing that every penny of the millions of pounds he hopes to raise by playing a game next August will be donated to one of four nominated charities. Quinn blazed a similar trail, often imitated since, when he donated the proceeds from his Sunderland testimonial to charities on Wearside and in the Republic of Ireland.
Rooney has been with United since the Old Trafford club paid out £25.6 million to Everton in the 2004 summer transfer window to make him Britain’s most expensive teenager.
The Mail Online says that they believe Rooney hopes the game – that will form of part of United’s pre-season – will be given extra profile if he can persuade Everton to be the opposition.