Darron Gibson says Wayne Rooney is fully deserving of his testimonial on Wednesday.
Everton head to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening to mark the England man’s 10 years at Manchester United.
Gibson, who of course began his career with the Red Devils and played alongside Rooney when the midfielder broke through into the first team under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2005, is delighted his close friend is to be rewarded with such an occasion.
“It’s unbelievable that he has been given a testimonial,” he told evertontv. “It shows how good a player he is, being at Manchester United for 10 years.
“It is great that he wants to play against us, but I am sure Everton were the only choice for Wayne. It will be a good day for him.”
Gibson and Rooney have lined up alongside one another many times in the red of United, before the former’s switch to Goodison Park in 2012.
They have remained close off the pitch and Gibson still recalls his first impression of an 18-year-old Rooney soon after his 2004 arrival.
“You could tell how special he was straight away,” he added. “I had seen him on TV but to see him up close in training and then start playing with him, you realise that the boy is a bit special.
“It makes me feel old that he is getting a testimonial – and he is two years older than me! But I am delighted for him. He deserves it.”
It's not too late to buy tickets for Wednesday's game and help raise money for four charities whose work benefits people across Merseyside and the rest of the UK. To secure your seat, visit the Park End ticket office before 12pm on Wednesday 3 August.