Everton midfielder Gibson happy to be part of Man Utd's Rooney testimonial

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson is looking foward to tomorrow’s testimonial for Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

Republic of Ireland international Gibson played alongside Rooney during his own time coming through the ranks with the Red Devils.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s unbelievable that he has been given a testimonial. It shows how good a player he is, being at Manchester United for [over] 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 recalls witnessing first hand the special qualities the teenage Rooney brought when Sir Alex Ferguson snapped him up for £25.6million.

He said: “You could tell how special he was straight away.

“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.”

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