Rooney’s testimonial ends goalless

4 Aug

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Zlatan Ibrahimovic played 65 minutes on his first United appearance at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his first Old Trafford appearance for Manchester United as captain Wayne Rooney’s testimonial against Everton ended 0-0.

England forward Rooney, 30, played 52 minutes before going off to a standing ovation from the 58,597 crowd.

Former Paris St-Germain striker Ibrahimovic, who joined in July, was replaced in the 65th minute.

Defender Eric Bailly, a £30m signing from Villarreal, also made his home debut on an emotional night for Rooney.

“Tonight is a night myself and my family will always remember,” he said after the game.

Wayne Rooney applauds fans as he leaves the pitch after his testimonial<!–

Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton in August 2004

Former Manchester United managers Sir Alex Ferguson, who signed Rooney from Everton on 31 August 2004, and David Moyes – who managed the England captain at both clubs – were present.

In addition, new England boss Sam Allardyce was also at Old Trafford to see Rooney, who has scored 53 goals in 115 appearances for his country.

Rooney was given a guard of honour as he emerged from the tunnel with his children Kai, aged six, Klay, three, and seven-month-old Kit to a red mosaic with the word ‘Rooney’ spelt out in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

The former Everton player has scored 245 goals in 520 United appearances and is the club’s second-highest goalscorer.

Manchester United fans unveiled a mosaic spelling out the name of their captain before the game<!–

Manchester United fans unveiled a mosaic spelling out the name of their captain before the game

Rooney has won five Premier League titles during his time at Old Trafford, as well as the Champions League, one FA Cup, two League Cups and the Fifa Club World Cup.

He will be trying to win the Community Shield for the fourth time with United when Jose Mourinho’s side face Premier League champions Leicester City at Wembley on Sunday.

Rooney has announced that all proceeds from his testimonial will go to disadvantaged children and young people across the United Kingdom.

Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce<!–

Former Manchester United managers Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and David Moyes (left) were at Wayne Rooney’s testimonial along with new England boss Sam Allardyce (centre)

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