Manchester United have agreed to have a testimonial match for their captain Wayne Rooney following a campaign by the club’s fans.
Rooney recently earned England’s Golden Boot, by beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s 49 international goals. He’s now closing in on Sir Bobby’s Manchester United goal scoring record.
The 1966 World Cup winner holds his record at 249 goals in 748 games. Rooney is currently on 236 goals in just 493 appearances. He is only 2 goals away from overtaking Denis Law’s 237 goals.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Wayne Rooney has thanked Manchester United fans for their support and for the testimonial a reality:
“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.”
The club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward has praised the United star:
“From his sensational debut hat-trick to the latest of his 236 goals, Wayne has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club’s history.”
Despite most testimonials coming at the end of a player’s career, Rooney is adamant that he still has many years left in him.
The testimonial’s opponents have not been decided yet, but the big event will take place at Old Trafford, on the 3rd August this year.