Manchester United have granted Wayne Rooney a 38 game testimonial after a campaign from supporters to honour the player’s service to the club.
Rooney will play 28 testimonial matches between now and the end of the season, according to a statement from the club, with this season’s ten previous league fixtures to be officially reconsidered testimonials.
A club statement thanked Rooney for his service to the club and gave further details.
“This goes only a small way to thank Wayne for all he has done for us. It is only right that he be allowed to enjoy his position at the club and know that this season is all about him,” read the statement, adding that the club have also officially erased any record of his past transfer requests out of club documents.
Manager Louis van Gaal also praised the captain, saying that he deserves the accolade of a season-long testimonial.
“He’s earned it. What’s most important is that he’s aware that the pressure is off for this season and to just soak it all in. This year is about showing our appreciation,” said the manager, adding that regardless of performance, he would be foolish to leave his captain out of his own testimonials.
“We’re not expecting any particular high tempo stuff or a contribution from him, but it’s not a big deal. This isn’t about the team. It isn’t about the fans. It’s about celebrating Wayne. For 38 games.”