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Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fielded a strong side against Everton for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford. United started with David De Gea in goal, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw at the back, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera in midfield, Jesse Lingard, Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial all playing behind ZlatanIbrahimovic. Mourinho made full use of his substitutes by making six substitutes at the start of the second half with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ashley Young replacing Bailly, Shaw, Carrick, Herrera, Lingard and Martial. Wayne Rooney was replaced in the 53rd minute with Marcus Rashford replacing him. In the 65th minute, Mourinho made four more changes with Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay replacing De Gea, Valencia, Blind, and Ibrahimovic.

United dominated possession and the second half changes seemed to strengthen the side, but weaken it at the same time, so the strongest side was not actually playing together. It was a training match and one where fitness would help come through. You don’t win trophies in testimonial matches in pre-season – fitness is the key. Winning is great, but when it doesn’t matter, it takes the moment away. United will now head into Sunday’s match with Leicester City at Wembley to contest the FA Community Shield knowing that they have played all of their matches thus far – only training can help bring the players up to speed. Leicester City has not done well in pre-season, but they were playing some of the best teams in Europe, which is a big change from a year ago. United should have enough to beat them, though. The match ended 0-0, which was not all that thrilling, but fitness is the key.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard had little to do in the 65 minutes he was on the pitch. Seems to be the same old story for big Dave,

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25 Antonio Valencia

The Eduadorian did well, but did not shine like he did against Galatasaray at the weekend where he got himself three assists. Big test this evening. Replaced by Matteo Darmian.

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3 Eric Bailly

Another good 45 minute display from the Ivorian. Getting settled at his new club. Might be in contention to face Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday.

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17 Daley Blind

The Dutch defender-cum-midfielder played for 65 minutes, helping to kep a clean sheet in a match which was not going to be a glittering performance for either side. Seems to have given Jose Mourinho more options at the back.

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23 Luke Shaw

Had a good half at left-back. Seems to have gained fitness after his recovery from his injury nearly a year ago. Got forward at times and did well with Anthony Martial playing ahead of him.

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16 Michael Carrick

Nearly cost United early in the first half with a poor pass, but he was being closed down by three Everton players. Quiet first half, replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin at the start of the second half.

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21 Ander Herrera

Did well paired with Michael Carrick, got forward at times and passed the ball through to the attacking players. Seems to play better when not restricted. Might be his season.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Quiet night on the right-wing for the Academy graduate. May not be first choice with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the side, but a decent player to have in the squad.

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Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Played 53 minutes for his side in his testimonial. United dominated the first half, not finding their much-needed goal. Rooney has been a great servent for the club, but I don't think he played all that well. He was replaced by Marcus Rashford.

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9 Anthony Martial

Had a good first half on the left-wing. Got forward quote a lot and threatened when he did. Good interplay with Luke Shaw.

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10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Not his best display for United so far, but a good one. Got into some good positions, but seemed man-marked at times. May take a while in the Premier League to get things going. It was never going to be a fairytale start.

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Substitutes

22 Sergio Romero

Replaced David De Gea. The Argentinian had little to do, like De Gea in the first 65 minutes of the match.

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Matteo Darmian

Replaced Antonio Valencia. Did well when he came on, might fight his way into Mourinho's plans, but it seems Valencia will be the starting right-back.

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4 Phil Jones

Replaced Eric Bailly. Not impressed with him, but his fitness may not be there yet. It might work out for him, it might not. If he can keep injuries at bay, it might all snap back into place.

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16 Marcos Rojo

Replaced Luke Shaw. Got forward a few times and helped to defend, but seems to be a player fighting a losing battle. Not really impressed with him.

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27 Marouane Fellaini

Replaced Ander Herrera. Looked threatening at times, added some physicality in the midfield against his former side. Threatened going forward, but nothing came off for him.

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8 Juan Mata

Replaced Daley Blind. Was not all that creative during his time on the pitch, but it is fitness which matters the most. Might not have done enough to be a starter at the weekend.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Replaced Jesse Lingard. Seemed to get forward and create a few chances, but nothing seemed to pay off. Both teams played equally well.

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Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Replaced Michael Carrick. Did well in the centre of the pitch, maintained possession, but looked a little rusty.

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18 Ashley Young

Replaced Anthony Martial. Added some experience and attacking flair on the left, getting forward a lot, but could not change the game.

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Ratings: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Not that great a performance. Tried a scissor-kick towards the end of the match and failed at that. Big season coming up, if he survives that long.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Wayne Rooney. Got some time playing alongside Ibrahimovic before he came off. Attacked well, but Everton defended well. Might find it tough at time this coming season, but should weather the storm.

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Report: Manchester United 0-0 Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

An 11,000 sheet Mosaic bearing his name, and a Guard of Honor, met Wayne Rooney and his family as he entered the Old Trafford pitch on the night of his Manchester United Testimonial Match. This was United’s final warm-up before the much-anticipated season gets underway on Sunday at Wembley against Leicester City in the annual season kickoff – the FA Community Shield.

The match started off slowly with only a couple of United corners in the first 10  minutes to show for any of the work United did on offense. On the opposite end, Romelu Lukaku had a run and shot on David De Gea’s goal but the ball came straight to the chest of the diving keeper. The first real chance came in the 25th minute as the man of the night, Rooney, put through Zlatan Ibrahimovic who’s left-footed shot was saved by the Everton keeper.

Everton was next to show some attacking intent as some good work by Lukaku outside the United box saw the ball deflect to Ross Barkley for a powerful low shot. The shot was straight at De Gea and the Spanish keeper did his job. United countered and it took a good tackle from Seamus Coleman for a United corner to stop Lingard from taking a shot on goal. The resulting corner came to nothing.

United continued to probe and press Everton and it was the lively Luke Shaw who had United’s next chance as then he received the ball on the left, but his powerful shot was deflected out for a United corner. Rooney and Ibrahimovic combined again and a great ball from Rooney gave the Swede another shot on goal, this time, closer to the keeper, but the shot was smothered well by the Everton keeper. At the opposite end, Lukaku found himself in between United’s defense but couldn’t place his free header on goal to open the scoring. The final attack of the half came from United and went without a goal as the referee’s whistle brought a slow-paced first half to an end.

As he said he would in his pre-match comments, Mourinho made big changes to the United line-up in the second half as he searches for the match fitness for his players. Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Ashley Young came on for United. The match picked up where it left off, as both teams carefully probed for an opening goal. A great fell to the foot of Mirallas but his powerful, close-range shot could only find the side netting.

It was time for Rooney to exit the festivities of his own testimonial, and to a standing ovation and chants of, “Rooney! Rooney! Rooney!”, Manchester United’s captain exited the field and Marcus Rashford took his place. Mkhitaryan was now United’s liveliest player, a part of each positive play from the Red Devils, but no goals came from the Old Trafford side or their opponents. In the 62nd minute, some neat work from Ibrahimovic in midfield helped create a through ball for the big Swede, but the Everton keeper just beating him to the ball to gather safely.

A host of changes for Everton came next and United made a few more as Darmian, Mata, Memphis, and Romero made their way onto the Old Trafford pitch. In the 70th minute, a deep, early cross from Memphis on the left nearly found the head of the oncoming Fellaini but flew narrowly past. Seven minutes later, a good run and cross from Rashford was taken on the chest by Fellaini in the Everton box. His lay-off found Juan Mata, but his shot was blocked out for a corner by Tom Cleverley. Fellaini’s tame header from the resulting corner was on goal but was comfortably saved in the end.

Neither team ever looked like seriously scoring on the night, with United the more positive side at Old Trafford, and so the night ended with a 0-0 scoreline. Rooney rounded off the night by addressing the crowd at Old Trafford thanking them for the terrific support they’ve shown him in his 12 years at Old Trafford and leaving them with the hope that there will be more trophies to come in his remaining time, however long is left for him, at Old Trafford.

Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 65′); Valencia (Darmian 65′), Bailly (Jones 46′), Blind (Mata 65′), Shaw (Rojo 46′); Carrick (Schneiderlin 46′), Herrera (Fellaini 46′); Lingard (Mkhitaryan 46′), Rooney (Rashford 53′), Martial (Young 46′); Ibrahimovic (Memphis 65′)

Substitutes Not Used: Johnstone

Starting XI: Manchester United v Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

Manchester United face Everton at Old Trafford for Wayne Rooney’s testimonial – Jose Mourinho’s first match as United manager at Old Trafford. The charities involved tonight will be the real winner’s of the evening, but Manchester United will benefit with another match ahead of the FA Community Shield match against Premier League champions Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday. United have played three matches this pre-season – it should have been four, so far; winning twice and losing once. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could make their Old Trafford debuts ahead of the season. The night might have been better with Paul Pogba playing a part this evening, but his transfer is so far not complete, tipped to take the saga into next week. Here are the starting XI and list of substitutes for both teams this evening.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw;

Carrick, Herrera;

Lingard, Rooney (c), Martial;

Ibrahimovic

Substitutes:

Johnstone, Romero; Darmian, Jones, Rojo; Fellaini, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin, Young, Memphis; Rashford

Everton:

Stekelenburg;

Holgate, Stones, Funes Mori;

Coleman, McCarthy, Barry, Baines;

Deulofeu, Barkley;

Lukaku

Substitutes:

Joel, Oviedo, Galloway, Gibson, Cleverley, Besic, Davies, Kone, Mirallas, Lennon

Preview: Manchester United v Everton – Wayne Rooney’s Testimonial

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

Everton Squad:

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

Everton Form:

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:

Predicted Score:

Manchester United 4-1 Everton

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