Revealed: Jose Mourinho's first game at Old Trafford will be a spicy affair

SoccerBy Sunday World

Reports suggest that the Special One's first Old Trafford bow will be on August 3 when Manchester United play Everton for Wayne Rooney's testimonial.

Jose Mourinho's first game in charge at Old Trafford will be for the Manchester United striker's testimonial in early August.

The Portuguese signed off on the contest one day after his appointment as United manager, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils welcome Rooney's boyhood club Everton to Old Trafford on August 3, in what should be a spicy affair.

Mourinho was supposed to manage an England team for the Soccer Aid charity this weekend at the Manchester United stadium but pulled out of the commitment as he makes plans for the club’s season, which will start less than two weeks after the August 3 testimonial.

The England man spoke to the club’s official website last year regarding the game.

"I would like to thank everyone involved in making this testimonial become a reality," Rooney, who has netted 245 times in 520 club apperances, told

"Most of all I want to thank the fans for all their incredible support for me and the team since I joined the club. The match night will obviously be special for me and my family but I hope it will be a night of celebration for all involved and that we can also deliver one or two surprises.

"Most of all I hope the fans will come out in force and help raise as much money as possible for these amazing charities, all of which are very close to my heart for different reasons."

Ed Woodward, United's executive vice chairman, added: "I am delighted that United fans will be able to celebrate Wayne's amazing years at the club in this way.

"He has been a central figure in what has been one of the most successful periods in the club's history, winning everything from the Club World Cup, the Champions League and League Cup, to his five Premier League titles.

"Wayne has selected good causes very close to his heart and the club is delighted to play its part, in providing Old Trafford as a fitting stage for such a game."