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Wayne Rooney hails fans but Manchester United draw a blank in testimonial

By Andy Hampson

Wayne Rooney was the star attraction as Manchester United and Jose Mourinho continued their pre-season preparations with a 0-0 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.

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 champions Leicester and 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.

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.

Rooney himself spoke 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."

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