Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney labelled his testimonial match at Old Trafford “a great night and a proud moment” as he celebrated 12 years at the club.
Fittingly the tie was against his former club Everton, the place where the striker burst onto the Premier League scene at the age of 16 under David Moyes.
The tie, which aimed to raise millions of pounds for charity, was also an opportunity for new United boss Jose Mourinho to provide his players with some game time as attentions now focus on the new season.
Despite the match having a real pre-season feel to it at times, United did show some flashes of what might be on offer over the coming season with new signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly all making their Old Trafford debuts.
The match failed to provide the crowd with a solitary goal as the Toffees, now managed by Ronald Koeman, were resilient against United’s frontline.
But despite the tie failing to provide a goal feast, Rooney felt the event was successful.
After what was an emotional night for the striker, he said: “It’s a great night and a proud moment for me in my career- something I’ll never forget.”
He continued: “It’s a huge and emotional moment and something I’m proud to share with my family and all the fans tonight, who have been fantastic to me over the last 12 years.”
Preparations for new season
The match did have a serious edge to it as Mourinho’s men continued in their preparations for the new Premier League season, which kicks off with a trip to Bournemouth next weekend.
With Leicester City to come in the Community Shield on Sunday Rooney felt that this match was important for the sides fitness.
He said: “The game was important for us in terms of building fitness and trying to get some good things out of the game, which I thought we did.”
The striker felt that his side can take positives from the first half display, but admitted there is still work to do ahead of the new season.