Rooney awarded United testimonial

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been granted a testimonial match to commemorate his 12 years of service at Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old striker has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League and two League Cup trophies since joining the Red Devils from hometown club Everton in 2004.

Rooney's strike against the Toffees earlier this month put him 14 goals away from surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record of 249 for United.

The testimonial is scheduled to take place at Old Trafford on 3 August 2016 against a yet undetermined team, with all proceeds going to charity. The NSPCC, Alder Hey Childrens' Hospital, Claire House Hospice and the Manchester United Foundation are amongst the beneficiaries.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality," Rooney told the club's official website.

"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.

"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."

United chief executive Ed Woodward added: "I am delighted that United fans will be able to celebrate Wayne's amazing years at the club in this way.

"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.

"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."

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