On Wednesday 3rd August Wayne Rooney has his Manchester United testimonial match against his boyhood club Everton. It was in October 2002 that his late wonder goal winner against, then champions, Arsenal whilst playing for the Toffeemen brought him to the wider attention of the footballing world, though people within the game were more than aware of his talent by that stage. In 2004 he moved to Old Trafford, where he has stayed ever since, announcing himself with a hat-trick on debut and the 12 seasons that have followed have been trophy laden and despite a barren run at United in recent years, the FA Cup victory in May actually completed his own personal set of winning medals for major club honours he could win. Not all fans are enamoured with the boy from Croxeth mind, especially as he has tried to engineer a move away from the club on at least one occasion, but what that did secure was a huge pay rise and he is reportedly now on a three hundred thousand pound a week contract, which still has two years left to run.
One thing is for sure, in my opinion anyway, he most definitely deserves to be honoured in this way, with a testimonial by the club he plays for now against the club where it all started and who nurtured him superbly as a young lad. It is also apt that his own charitable foundation will be reaping the rewards. Rooney has been a great player for the Old Trafford club over the years, yes in the last couple of seasons his powers have been on the wane, but that happens to all players. As tends to happen in these games he is likely to play for both teams and will deserve a standing ovation from both sets of supporters. Whether he gets it, that’s a different issue.
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Despite what he and his representatives may well have done in the past, which has understandably generated some fan disenchantment, when he has played for the Red Devils, he has performed very well and contributed a massive amount to the club winning 10 major trophies. He is actually only a few goals from beating Bobby Charlton’s club record of 249 goals (he is on 245) and deserves to reach and ultimately surpass this landmark over the coming campaign. Maybe this might mark the natural end of his time at the Theatre of Dreams, as come the end of this season he will only have a year left on his contract so something has to give in so far as the club extend the terms or maybe Rooney moves on. He knows himself his performance level will have to improve, especially with the competition for places at club and international level, though being played in his right position (behind the front man) through the season will be beneficial. You never know we may well see a renaissance from one of the most talented footballers this country has ever produced.
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