By Andy Hyslop
- Wayne Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004
- His testimonial sees his current team facing his boyhood club
Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial. Pitting his current team against his boyhood club.
Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton on the last day of the summer transfer window in 2004. He about to start his thirteenth season as a United player.
Rooney has already passed Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 International goals for England and is four goals behind Charlton as United’s all-time top scorer.
The forward has scored 245 goals in 520 first-team games for Manchester United.
As well as being a testimonial for Rooney, this is also an important game in United’s preparations for the new season.
Mixed pre-season so far
United have played three games so far in their pre-season. It should have four but their game against City in China was postponed.
The pre-season campaign was opened with a 2-0 win over Championship side Wigan. Before losing 4-1 to Borussia Dortmund in China.
The defeat to Dortmund highlighted the problems that Mourinho may face if United suffer any injuries in defensive areas.
On Saturday night, United beat Galatasaray 5-2 in Sweden. Trailing 2-1 at half-time despite Ibrahimović’s first goal for the club.
The game against Galatasaray changed with a host of substitutions especially the introduction of Rashford. Galatasaray struggled to cope with Rashford’s pace, as he stretched a game that had been congested in the first-half.
Starting line-up could give indication of team
Mourinho is known for sticking with the same starting line-up game after game, leaving the rest of the squad to fight for a starting place.
His starting line-up tomorrow could give an indication of what his preferred starting XI may be once the season starts.
The Premier League season kicks off for United against Bournemouth on August 14. With two games before then, every player will be looking to impress the new manager.