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Manchester United 0-0 Everton: Watch Wayne Rooney testimonial streamed live

Published 03/08/2016

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Posted by Manchester United on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wayne Rooney's testimonial is being streamed around the world live on Facebook.

Rooney's Manchester United is facing his only other professional club, Everton, at Old Trafford on Wednesday as he prepares to start his 13th season at Old Trafford.

The game, which is also Jose Mourinho's first as United manager at home, is raising funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation which will distribute money to the NSPCC, Claire House Hospice, Alder Hey Childrens Hospital and the Manchester United Foundation.

The action is to be streamed live on Facebook via Rooney's official page and also United's, making it available to a global audience of 1.7billion.

Rooney said: "I am delighted that through this agreement with Facebook my testimonial game will be streamed globally on both the Wayne Rooney and Manchester United Facebook pages. It will be the first time this will have happened and will hopefully raise awareness of the Foundation and increase donations."

Match report

Rooney the star attraction in goalless draw

Wayne Rooney was the star attraction as Manchester United and Jose Mourinho continued their pre-season preparations with a goalless draw against Everton.

United and England captain Rooney played 52 minutes at Old Trafford as his testimonial against his former club doubled up as a stern Premier League warm-up.

Rooney got the chance to play alongside new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a promising attacking formation that also featured Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial. The front pair linked well, with Ibrahimovic often dropping deep.

"I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney," said Swede Ibrahimovic in an interview aired before the game by MUTV. "He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I'm absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him."

Seeing them together was certainly a tantalising prospect for the fans but, despite some fluid moves, chances were few and far between.

The work of new manager Mourinho may take some time to bear fruit at United. Attention will now turn to preparations for Sunday's Community Shield against Leicester and - presumably - the pursuit of Paul Pogba.

When or if a deal for Pogba, heavily linked with a world record £100million return to United from Juventus, materialises remains to be seen.

For now United are a work in progress under Mourinho. There was little to excite other than the promise of the forward line and the return to action of a rejuvenated Luke Shaw, but nor did Everton expose many weaknesses.

Ross Barkley tested David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku headed a gilt-edged chance wide, while Shaw saw an effort deflected past the post and Ibrahimovic shot at new Toffees goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

In the second half, former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini headed at Joel Robles.

Other than that it was a chance for fans to pay tribute to Rooney, who was donating all proceeds from the fixture to charities.

Rooney joined United from Everton 12 years ago and has since scored 245 goals for the club. He will equal the club best of Sir Bobby Charlton - whose England record he has already taken - with just four more.

"While I cannot deny it is disappointing I will no longer hold either honour, it was always going to happen one day and I am glad they will belong to Wayne," said Charlton in the programme.

There were plenty more tributes to Rooney in the matchday magazine, including from Mourinho and former managers Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

"I am sure he will provide many more memorable moments for United in the coming years," said Mourinho.

Rooney himself spoke briefly at full-time, saying: "I have spent 12 seasons here and had a lot of success, and there's hopefully a lot more to come."

Mourinho stuck by his plan to use 22 players, making six substitutions at half-time and the rest as the game wore on. Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose United future is uncertain, was conspicuous by his complete absence from the teamsheet.

New Everton boss Ronald Koeman also made a host of changes, including one enforced by injury when Muhamed Besic hobbled off.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic full of praise for Rooney

New Manchester United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described club captain Wayne Rooney as the "perfect partner for a striker".

Rooney has dropped into in a midfield role for United and England of late but new Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has indicated he wants to utilise the 30-year-old further forward.

On Saturday a 5-2 friendly win for United over Galatasaray saw Rooney score twice and Ibrahimovic once, and the latter says he can see "only success" if the two play alongside each other in attack.

The 34-year-old Swede, recruited this summer on a free transfer after leaving Paris St Germain, told MUTV: "I think every big player can work with other big players. That's not a problem.

"We are 11 players not two players on the pitch. It's up to the coach what he wants but, with him, I see no problems. Only success.

"I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I'm absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him."

Wednesday sees Old Trafford host a testimonial for Rooney against Everton - the club he United from in 2004.

He has gone on to score 245 goals for the Red Devils, putting him only four behind Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record haul for the club, and helped them secure plenty of silverware, including five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League.

Ibrahimovic added of Rooney: "I think he's had a fantastic career.

"It's not easy to be in top clubs for so many years. Players come and go. Top players are coming and going but he is still staying.

"He has performed at the top every year. I think he is a perfect example for young players to look at and take after. He's been playing such a long time for a top club and giving results year after year.

"Not everybody can succeed with that but he is one of them. I'm very happy I'm in his team and will do my best to help him win."

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