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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Rooney may have had his 'goodbye'

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) with Carrick All Stars' John Terry (right) during Michael Carrick's Testimonial match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Photo: PA
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) with Carrick All Stars' John Terry (right) during Michael Carrick's Testimonial match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Photo: PA

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick had his testimonial at Old Trafford yesterday but team-mate Wayne Rooney may well have bid farewell as Robbie Keane got on the scoresheet in the game.

Carrick marked 11 years at the club with a match to benefit his charitable foundation in front of 70,027 fans and while the midfielder will be around for another 12 months after signing a contract extension, fans may have witnessed Rooney's final appearance in a Red Devils shirt.

He played the entire first half and the final 17 minutes of the second and in that time the club's all-time leading goalscorer, who has fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho and appears destined to leave this summer, lobbed one early effort on to the roof of the net.

It was perhaps indicative of his current situation that he did not particularly stand out in the company of a host of long-retired ex-professionals. At the final whistle he gave a quick wave to fans before heading down the tunnel.

Carrick scored the equaliser in a 2-2 draw eight minutes from time before departing to a standing ovation. Former Lazio, Barcelona and Middlesbrough midfielder Gaizka Mendieta's 22nd-minute strike was cancelled out by Nemanja Vidic's header for the Manchester United '08 XI just before the half-hour.

In the second half, Keane put the All-Stars XI ahead only for Carrick to fittingly have the final word.

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