To honour the England forward’s 12 years with the club, the Red Devils have organised a testimonial match against the striker’s former club Everton, whom he represented between 2002 and 2004.
As noted by the tabloid [as above], the match is planned for Wednesday August 3—only nine days before the Premier League season begins—and the forward is hoping to raise £5 million, which he is intending to donate to Liverpool’s children hospital, Alder Hey.
However, as yet, the match has not yet been confirmed, with the Mirror noting that this has prevented proper marketing or ticket sales for the game.
The reason is due to United’s underperformance in the league this season.
While the Red Devils, who qualified for the Champions League under Louis van Gaal last term, will have been hoping to build on that performance, they remain down in sixth, beneath both Manchester City and West Ham United.
United remain firmly in the hunt for a UCL qualifying spot, but may yet have to content themselves with the Europa League.
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Should they have to settle for Europe’s second-tier club competition, Rooney’s testimonial would be put in doubt, with third qualifying round fixtures for the competition to be played on July 28 and August 4—only one day after the proposed date for the exhibition match.