Wayne Rooney sends heartfelt message to Man United supporters

Wayne Rooney expresses his delight after being awarded a testimonial match by Manchester United

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Wayne Rooney has thanked Manchester United’s supporters after the striker was awarded a testimonial match following a campaign by the club’s fans.

The United skipper has scored 236 goals in 493 games since joining the Red Devils from Everton back in 2004.

The testimonial game will take place on 3 August 2016 at Old Trafford, with the opponent yet to be confirmed.

And the 30-year-old forward could not hide his delight after being recognised for his contribution to the club.

Rooney, who has been at United for 12 years, told the club’s website: “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.

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“Most of all 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.”

The organisations to which the testimonial proceeds will be distributed by the Foundation include the NSPCC, Alder Hey Childrens’ Hospital, Claire House Hospice and the Manchester United Foundation.

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward added: “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, the Champions League and League Cup, to his five Premier League titles.”

United return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Crystal Palace looking to return to winning ways following their goalless draw with Manchester City last weekend.

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