Old Trafford, Manchester
Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial
Wednesday 3rd August 2016, KO 20:00 BST – Live on BT Sport
Manchester United face Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial. This will also be the first time Jose Mourinho has managed a United match at Old Trafford and the first time Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will represent their new club at the Theatre of Dreams. Testimonials normally have a few surprises with former players coming back for one last match at the club, but this one might be so much different, like the last one for Rio Ferdinand three years ago, United will be preparing for Sunday’s match against Leicester City where they will contest the FA Community Shield. I do expect Rooney to play for his former club at a point in the match, whether it be from the start of the match, or the start of the second half, but Jose Mourinho will be testing his squad ahead of the visit to Wembley and the season opener in the Premier League away to Bournemouth a week later.
United did the double over Everton last season, winning 3-0 at Goodison Park back in October 2015, also winning 1-0 at Old Trafford in April 2016. United also faced Everton in the semi-final of the Emirates FA Cup, beating them 2-1 with Anthony Martial scoring deep in ‘Fergie Time’. Everton is now managed by former Southampton manager and foe of Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman, but a rivalry will not be on the cards at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening. Testimonials are normally not competitive, but Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial against Sevilla in 2013 was rather competitive, with United being schooled by the Spanish side, winning 3-1 on the night. Rooney’s testimonial will be streamed live on Facebook around the world from Wayne Rooney’s page and the Manchester United page. It will also be shown live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom. I do not know which channels the match will be shown on around the world, please check your local listings – the match will be shown on MUTV, but not live.
Manchester United have played three matches during pre-season so far, beating Wigan Athletic 2-0, losing 4-1 against Borussia Dortmund in China and beating Galatasaray 5-2 in Sweden this past weekend. United was due to face Manchester City in Beijing, but because of the weather and the state of the pitch, the match was cancelled. United now have a full first team preparing for the new season, many of whom did not take part in the tour of China, despite some travelling with the squad. Mourinho seems to be doing well preparing his new players, raising the confidence levels from the past three years and having the players smile again on the training pitch. This match against Everton will most likely be a test for the new season, with Everton possibly looking to show what they are capable of under their new manager, but with many players futures up in the air.
Manchester United Squad:
Manager: Jose Mourinho
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone;
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Paddy McNair, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson;
Midfielders: Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Adnan Januzaj, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andreas Pereira;
Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Will Keane
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Maarten Stekelenburg,
Defenders: Leighton Baines, John Stones, Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo, Séamus Coleman, Ramiro Funes Mori, Tyias Browning, Mason Holgate, Brendan Galloway, Matthew Pennington, Luke Garbutt,
Midfielders: Darron Gibson, Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas, Aaron Lennon, Tom Cleverley, James McCarthy, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Gareth Barry, Muhamed Bešić, Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Conor Grant, Aiden McGeady
Forwards: Arouna Koné, Romelu Lukaku, Shani Tarashaj, Conor McAleny, Oumar Niasse
Manchester United Form:
Galatasaray 5-2 W, Borussia Dortmund 4-1 L, Wigan Athletic 2-0
Real Betis 1-1 D, Dynamo Dresden 2-1 L, Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 W, Barnsley 3-0 W, Jablonec 1-0 W
Predicted Starting XI:
Manchester United 4-1 Everton