Wayne Rooney received a standing ovation by Everton fans when he arrived as a substitute during Duncan Ferguson‘s testimonial at Goodison Park.
Rooney was previously received with hostility by the fans whenever he returned at Goodison Park to play against his former club for United.
United boss Luis Van Gaal will be relieved that his striker returned unscathed six days prior to his side’s Premiership opener.
Rooney’s Reaction At Goodison Park
“I didn’t know what to expect with the reception, but the fans were great,” revealed Rooney after the game.
“Going back into the home dressing room again felt weird.
“I was a little bit nervous as I didn’t know what to expect. I got a great reception and I was delighted with that.”
The 29-year-old mercurial forward joined premiership giant Manchester United for £25 million in 2004 after featuring in 77 games for Everton.
He returned for the blues in front of 34,718 fans. The England international was fielded for the last 15 minutes against Villarreal.
“I really appreciated it. More importantly it was a big day for Duncan. I said to him before the game that it was the most nervous I had seen him,” said the United superstar.
The Spanish team won the friendly tie 2-1. Former Blues’ striker Duncan Ferguson, now 43, also came in as a substitute in the 83rd minute.
Manchester United shall kick off their 2015-16 Premiership campaign at Old Trafford on 8 August against Tottenham Hotspurs, and Rooney is expected to feature in that match.