Jose Mourinho gave Wayne Rooney permission to hold his Manchester United testimonial at Old Trafford on August 3 despite it being just four days before the Community Sheld clash against Leicester City.
Rooney will captain Manchester United in a fully competitive fixture against Everton, who themselves have also committed to sending a full strength side. Although there will be a chance for club legends to take part, it is understood Mourinho wants to use the game as a proper pre-season friendly.
It comes as a great relief to Rooney, who found himself at an impasse with Louis van Gaal over the date. Rooney had asked the Dutchman a number of times whether the date would work, but he refused to commit to it because of the chance that United would have to play a Europa League qualifier.
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According to The Sun, Rooney had no such problems with the Special One, who agreed to hold the fixture in the first week of August during a phone call with Rooney on Wednesday night.
And Manchester United fans will have more than one reason to get themselves a ticket. Not only will players of the club's golden generation be on display but Mourinho is likely to parade any signings he makes between now and then.
The Red Devils are expected to spend a large amount this summer with Ed Woodward promising a £250million transfer budget to his new manager. Mourinho is likely to make sweeping changes to the team Van Gaal built with Daley Blind and Juan Mata likely to be the first casualties.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears to be the biggest name set to arrive at Manchester United with the Swede available on a free transfer once his contract with PSG expires. Ibrahimovic and Mourinho have retained a strong relationship since sharing a short spell at Inter Milan and are keen to reunite.
Mourinho is also believed to be after a new centre-back with John Stones on his radar, although Everton are likely to demand £45m for the England international. It sets up the tantalising prospect of Stones lining up against his former club on Rooney's big day.
Rooney's Manchester United career
Rooney will go down as one of Manchester United's best players when he eventually hangs up his boots and is also likely to finish his career as their all-time top goal scorer. The 30-year-old needs just five more to overtake Sir Bobby Charlton's tally of 249.
However, reaching the landmark may take a bit longer than expected if Rooney continues to play in a central midfield position under Mourinho.
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